Jeremy Lin will now be starting a new journey on his new team, Brooklyn Nets, where he is expected to replicate or even surpass the success he had in the New York Knicks. Lin’s former coach Mike D’Antoni revealed that Carmelo Anthony, at some point, blocked the Asian-American guard’s path to stardom.
In 2012, the multiple injuries suffered by Knicks’ starters led to the discovery of an incredible talent in New York. When Jeremy Lin joined the Knicks, he only served as a backup and placed fourth on the point guard depth chart.
When Knicks stars Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudamire were out, Jeremy Lin stood up for the team with their win against the Utah Jazz. Anthony had suggested to coach Mike D’Antoni to give Lin enough playing time in their victory against the Nets, leading to the discovery of Linsanity in New York.
Aside from D’Antoni, Kenny Atkinson, who is currently the head coach of Brooklyn Nets where Jeremy Lin signed in free agency, played a major role in the emergence of Linsanity. Atkinson and Lin reunited in Brooklyn and many are expecting that the Asian-American guard will be molded back to his ‘superstar form’.
According to Marc Berman of New York Post, coach Mike D’Antoni revealed that Carmelo Anthony didn’t let Jeremy Lin to run the Knicks offense. As of now, Anthony is still considered the main man of the Knicks but still unable to win his first NBA championship title.
“The problem that we had was that for Jeremy to be really good, which he was, he had to play a certain way. It was hard for [Anthony] to adapt,’’ D’Antoni said.
If Carmelo Anthony let D’Antoni continued with his plan, there is a higher possibility that Jeremy Lin could be fully developed into a high-caliber point guard in the league. Unfortunately, Anthony didn’t let such things to happen and doesn’t want to be outshined in his own team.
Jeremy Lin will now be starting a new journey in Brooklyn Nets with the hope of having a longer playing time under coach Kenny Atkinson. With the Nets victory against the Detroit Pistons in the preseason, Lin has established an eye-popping performance scoring 21 points on 5-of-8 three-point shooting, marking the rebirth of Linsanity.
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