NBA Rumors: Jeremy Lin experienced racism during Linsanity era in New York

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Jeremy Lin and his braids are already making lots of noise in Brooklyn moments before he was formally introduced as the newest member of the Nets for the NBA’s next season.

After series of negotiations, J.R. Smith has finally returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers after inking a four-year deal worth $47 million. Recently, the 31-year-old shooting guard was accused of being a racist to his former Knicks teammate Jeremy Lin.

J.R. Smith and Jeremy Lin played together for the Knicks during the emergence of “Linsanity” in New York. Despite Lin’s intention to stay with the Knicks in the 2012 offseason, the Asian-American guard was encouraged to seek other offers. In his one-year stint, Lin was asked on Boomer and Carton show if he was bullied because of his race.

Craig Carton specifically named J.R. Smith when asking about the players who might be guilty. Lin did not call Smith a racist but also did not deny the accusation.

“I’ve never spoken to J.R. about it,” Lin told Carton. “I’ve never spoken to whoever else you might think about it. So, it’s hard for me because I don’t want to speculate. The one thing I will say is that race has been a huge part of my journey ever since I was a child trying to play basketball.

“So, I do think there was always that type of component involved but again as I’ve always said, it’s a double-edged sword. It comes with the good it comes with the bad. Yeah, sometimes I’m different… I look different and I’m treated different and that’s a negative thing, and in some ways, that’s a really positive thing. Like, Linsanity wouldn’t have happened if I was white, or black, or whatever. Part of the reason why it was so crazy is because I’m Asian. I think race plays a part into it, always has, and to what degree or how much to who felt what, I can’t specifically answer.”

When the news reached Smith, he immediately sent a message to his Twitter account and denied the accusation.

When “Linsanity” emerged in New York, there were reports claiming that “some Knicks” are jealous of the popularity of Jeremy Lin. This could be one of the reasons why the Knicks didn’t even bother to bring him back. Lin will now be starting a new journey in Brooklyn and is expected to replicate or even surpass the success he had in New York.

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