Jeremy Lin ‘sad’ about leaving Knicks; Ready to be an ‘elite guard’ for the Nets
Jeremy Lin is back in New York where “Linsanity” was born a few years ago. However, the Asian-American guard will now be playing for the Brooklyn Nets and he says he is ready to be an “elite point guard” for his new team.
In an interview with the New York Post, Lin was asked on a variety of subjects including his stint with the Knicks and the new challenges trying to lead the Nets next season.
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“I was really, really sad. I was sad the way everything went down, ’cause nothing happened the way I thought it was going to. I had wished that they had offered me a contract just in the beginning, and that didn’t even happen,” Lin said in the interview when asked about his first stint in New York.
He added, “And then, when I found out that they weren’t gonna match, I was even more sad, ’cause honestly, I wanted to finish my career there.”
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The seven-year NBA veteran played for just 35 games for the Knicks in the 2011-2012 season. In the “Linsanity” stretch in March 2012, he averaged 20.9 points and 8.4 assists. Lin also previously played for the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and the Charlotte Hornets.
When asked about why he wanted to re-sign with the Knicks four years ago, Lin said that he wanted to play for the fans. His supporters helped him have a great experience playing for New York.
Lin now has a chance to perform at a high-level again in New York as he plays for the Brooklyn Nets, where he signed a three-year deal this summer.
“I wouldn’t have signed up for a starting point guard position if I didn’t feel like I had that ability to get to another level as a player,” Lin answered confidently when asked if he has the potential to be an elite guard at this point of his NBA career.
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Can Jeremy Lin reignite “Linsanity” with the Brooklyn Nets? Along with star are big man Brook Lopez and other key Nets players who can Lin lead the Nets to a postseason slot next season.
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