Jeremy Lin was one of the most controversial free agents this summer. The Asian-American decided to join the Brooklyn Nets and reunite with coach Kenny Atkinson, who was the person behind the emergence of Linsanity.
In 2012, Jeremy Lin had a breakout season in New York Knicks, that could be considered the turning point of his basketball career. The 28-year-old point guard was given the chance to showcase his talent, enabling him to make a name in the NBA. Lin’s stint in New York did not take long after being pirated by the Houston Rockets in 2012 NBA free agency.
Jeremy Lin struggled when he was transferred to the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers. Luckily, the 2015-16 NBA season with the Charlotte Hornets enabled him to revive his career, even as a backup point guard for Kemba Walker. Lin decided to decline his player option with the hope of finding a team that could give him a good contract.
In the recent free agency, there were rumors that the Knicks will be considered to bring Linsanity to New York once again. Unfortunately, there were reports saying that the Knicks were uninterested with Jeremy Lin in free agency. Matt Moore of CBS Sports speculated that Lin’s defensive performance could be one of the major reasons why the Knicks did not consider to pursue Lin this summer.
“The Knicks had a 96.7 defensive rating with Lin on the court in 2012, and a 99.0 mark with him off. They gave up more points with him off the floor.” Moore said.
Jeremy Lin signed a three-year deal worth $36 million with the Brooklyn Nets. The Asian-American guard was considered the biggest acquisition of the Nets this summer. Despite the criticisms, Lin said that it will not be affecting how he will perform next season.
“If my life was done by what everyone else expected of me, I would’ve been done with playing a long time ago. I don’t really care what anyone else has to say,” said Lin, whose struggles on defense left the Knicks uninterested in a reunion, a source told The Post.
Jeremy Lin has made a major improvement in his defense, which was noticed by his Hornets coach Steve Clifford. With the Nets projected to be one of the worst teams next season, Lin will be given the chance to prove his doubters wrong.
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