As he gets set to enter his seventh NBA season this year, Brooklyn Nets point guard Jeremy Lin has had his fair share of dazzling moments and scintillating performances. Whether it was during his Linsanity days with the Knicks, or bouncing around between Houston, Los Angeles, and Charlotte, Lin has always had a flair for the dramatic.
Welcome to Brooklyn, Jeremy Lin.
Frankly, all of these moments could’ve been taken from the 35 games he spent with the New York Knicks in 2011-12, but I felt it would be unjust. Despite not having a long-term home until coming to Brooklyn, Lin saw a ton of action through his years and had instances where he shined no matter where he was.
When he had his explosion mid-season, Lin was fighting for his NBA life and was still a no-name around the league. His boundless energy was the first thing people noticed about him, and that translated to his on-court performance, and he blew all expectations out of the water. He still carries that energy and electricity, but it’s been toned down because the situations are different. With Charlotte, as a backup to potential All-Star Kemba Walker, Steve Clifford utilized Lin’s energy and placed him in the sixth man role, allowing him to come off the bench for short bursts that could alter the game on both ends.
As we march on toward the season, it’s imperative that we remember this: Lin will not replicate Linsanity. And that’s exactly how the organization wants. Lin will be able to play his brand of basketball and will be in the position to put up career-highs across the board.
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