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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Articles tagged: Jeremy Lin

Nets apologize to Jeremy Lin for social media snub

The Brooklyn Nets found themselves having to apologize this weekend to one of their recently traded players.

Earlier this week, the Nets tweeted about a trip to China that players Spencer Dinwiddie and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson as well as co-owner Joe Tsai took to participate in a charity basketball game. The Nets tagged all three in the post.

The problem was that the charity game was put on by ex-Nets guard Jeremy Lin, who is of Chinese descent, as part of his “Hoops for Hope” program. The team’s failure to even mention Lin in the tweet drew criticism from many fans.

The team finally made it right on Sunday (albeit several days after the fact) by publicly apologizing for their snub of Lin.

Though he only played in 37 total games for them due to injury, Lin was a member of the Nets for the last two seasons. He was traded to the Atlanta Hawks last month in exchange for a number of draft assets.

While the omission was pretty glaring since it was Lin’s event to begin with, at least it wasn’t quite as bad as some of the other disrespect he has faced before.

Jeremy Lin traded to Hawks

Jeremy Lin is headed to his fifth NBA team in the last five years.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported on Thursday that the Brooklyn Nets have traded the veteran guard to the Atlanta Hawks. As part of the deal, the two teams will also exchange future second-round picks.

Lin’s time with the Nets was plagued by injury. The 29-year-old tore his right patellar tendon in the first game of the 2017-18 season and missed the rest of the year. The season before that, he missed significant time with a hamstring issue, leading to him playing only 37 total games in a Brooklyn uniform.

The Hawks, who went 24-58 last season, figure to be pretty bad again this year and could use the talent wherever they can get it. The acquisition of Lin also casts further doubt on the future of incumbent starting point guard Dennis Schroder, who has been a popular subject of trade rumors in recent weeks.

Jeremy Lin shoots down trade rumors

Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin is shooting down trade rumors involving him.

On Wednesday, NBA host/reporter Mitch Lawrence reported that the Thunder were talking to the Brooklyn Nets about a potential trade involving Carmelo Anthony. Lawrence said that the Nets want to trade Lin.

Lin was asked about the report and said that the Nets would have informed him if they were planning to trade him. Hence, he doesn’t think the report is legitimate.

Lin may not exactly be in the loop here considering this isn’t the first time he’s been mentioned in trade reports. Lin has only played in 37 games for the Nets over the past two seasons due to injuries. Though he’s recovery from knee surgery, his $12.5 million expiring contract makes him a somewhat attractive trade chip.

Report: Jeremy Lin could be traded by Nets

Despite appearing in only 37 games over two seasons with the Brooklyn Nets, Jeremy Lin may be on his way out of town.

Brian Lewis of the New York Post reported this week that multiple league sources have heard that the veteran guard could be traded this offseason. Lewis also says that the Orlando Magic would be a logical landing spot, citing Lin’s familiarity with head coach Steve Clifford from their days in Charlotte.

Lin, 29, is an interesting trade chip as his $12.5 million deal is expiring. But he has yet to play since rupturing his patellar tendon in the opening game of last season and was also plagued by a hamstring issue the year before that.

Lin did say that he was planning to play “safer” following his latest injury, but regardless, the Nets may just see him as a sunk cost at this point.

Jeremy Lin defends JJ Redick over perceived racial slur

Jeremy Lin

JJ Redick insists that he did not intentionally use a racial slur toward Chinese people when he took part in a recent video celebrating the Chinese New Year, and the first American-born Chinese player to ever play in the NBA believes him.

Shortly after Redick issued an apology on Sunday, Jeremy Lin defended the 76ers guard on Twitter.

The video in question featured several NBA players wishing Chinese fans a Happy New Year. A YouTube user called attention to the fact that it sounded like Redick used a racial slur during his portion of the video.

Redick said at first that he was “tongue tied,” and he elaborated further in a lengthy Twitter post on Sunday evening. In it, Redick explained exactly what he was trying to say and why it came out the way that it did.

Mere common sense would tell you Redick is telling the truth. There’s virtually no chance he would ever use a word like that in a video that is designed to celebrate a certain group of fans. The slip of the tongue was certainly unfortunate, but there’s no reason to think Redick is lying about it. Kudos to Lin for using his influence as a Chinese-American player to help clear up the confusion.

Jeremy Lin plans to play ‘safer’ following knee injury

Jeremy Lin

Many players say they won’t change who they are or how they play after they suffer a serious injury, but Jeremy Lin does think he will make some adjustments.

Lin spoke with the media for the first time since rupturing his patella tendon in the Brooklyn Nets’ first game of the season. He says his rehab is going well and that he expects to be ready for training camp in the fall.

And though he plans to maintain his same playing style, Lin says he wants to make some “safer” changes to his game.

“I am not going to change the bread and butter of who I am, which is downhill, attacking, dynamic playmaking. I will always be that player,” Lin said, via ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk. “Maybe the type of risks … I don’t know, I never really saw them as risks, but what we will see is probably a similar style but in a safer way. I will still be in the paint heavy, but I won’t be landing on my legs the same way, getting off-balanced unless obviously I am forced to, but the landing, taking contact, being able to engage certain muscles before contact, before I take off, all those things are really, really important … A lot of other muscles will be absorbing impact that maybe joints shouldn’t be.”

Saying what he intends to do and being able to stick it while playing in fast-paced, high-tempo games are two different things. Hopefully he’ll be able to come back at full strength and stay healthy for the Nets. In his two years with the team, he’s only been able to play in 37 games due to a hamstring injury last year and the knee injury this season.

Jeremy Lin to have knee injury evaluated amid ‘tremendous concern’

Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin is set to have his knee evaluated on Thursday after injuring it in his season debut for the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.

Lin was driving to the basket and went up for a layup in the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers when he landed on his right leg. He went down immediately and was in pain. He even appeared to cry and say “I’m done.”

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski says there is tremendous concern surrounding the injury.

Lin had 18 points in 25 minutes in the season opener.

This is an awful way to start the season for Lin, who was limited to just 36 games last season because of injuries.