The Jeremy Lin Show in Brooklyn will be forced to take a brief hiatus.
The Nets announced on Thursday that Lin has a strained left hamstring and will be re-evaluated after two weeks.
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— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) November 3, 2016
The 28-year-old Lin, who signed a three-year deal with Brooklyn over the offseason, was averaging 15.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 6.2 assists per game through the first five games of the season. Widely seen as the new face of the Nets franchise, he’ll now be out of the lineup for at least the next six games.
For a Nets team that’s currently sitting at 2-3 and is almost certain to be pretty lousy this season, the news likely means more touches in the post for veteran big man Brook Lopez as well as increased opportunity in the backcourt for the likes of Isaiah Whitehead and Sean Kilpatrick for the time being.
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Carmelo Anthony and Jeremy Lin have, by most accounts, always had a checkered relationship.
So when Anthony was asked about Lin and his new team, the Brooklyn Nets, he was rather hesitant to respond. Still, Anthony wished his former teammate luck, even if he sounded a bit surprised that it was Lin who the Nets are hitching their franchise to.
“He is the face of that franchise — believe it or not,” Anthony said Friday, via Al Iannazzone of Newsday. “He came up, they paid him and now the ball is in his hands. So now he’s one of the franchise players over there. What do you want me to say about that? I’m happy for him, excited for him to see how it’s going to work out, turn out over there.”
Anthony was also dismissive of reports that he was unwilling to share the spotlight with Lin back when Linsanity ruled, including comments by former coach Mike D’Antoni.
“That was five, six years ago, bro. I forgot about that,” Anthony said.
D’Antoni isn’t the only one associated with those Knicks teams who basically publicly accused Anthony of resenting Lin’s success. No wonder Carmelo hates when the topic comes up.
One guy who’s happy to see Jeremy Lin get his chance to run the show in Brooklyn is former Hornets teammate Kemba Walker.
In an interview with Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer on Thursday, Walker heaped praise on his ex-backup, saying that he deserves his opportunity to start.
“I hate to see him go, but at the same time I’m definitely happy for him,” Walker said. “He deserves to be a starter in this league. He’s such a great player and he proved that last season. There were games where I was off and he carried the team.”
Walker, 26, enjoyed the best statistical season of his career in 2015-16. But Lin’s effectiveness running the second unit took much of the burden off Walker’s shoulders and was instrumental to Charlotte’s surprise sixth-seed playoff berth last year.
For Lin, who signed a three-year deal with the Nets this offseason and will get the chance to be their full-time starting point guard, his rim-attacking mentality and productivity operating out of the pick-and-roll are very much starter-caliber material. It’s great to see that Walker, who is himself becoming one of the Association’s top young point guards, thinks so too.
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In just 35 games with the New York Knicks a few seasons ago, Jeremy Lin basically became his own brand. The term “Linsanity” was born almost immediately, and the undrafted player out of Harvard was not prepared for it.
That won’t be an issue in Brooklyn.
Lin, who signed a three-year, $36 million deal with the Nets this offseason, has already submitted an application to trademark the phrase “Brook-Lin.”
According to NetsDaily.com, a fan had already applied for the trademark on July 1 but says he willingly transferred it to Lin.
If Lin can rediscover some of his old magic in The Big Apple, he had better hope the trademark gets approved quicker than his trademark for “Linsanity” did. Lin’s lawyers had to send cease and desist letters to marijuana shops for selling products like this when the point guard was with the Knicks. As ESPN’s Darren Rovell notes, it took the “Linsanity” trademark more than four years to be approved.
Jeremy Lin has played 25 or more minutes per game in each season since he became a household name with the New York Knicks four years ago, but he apparently still has trouble with security staffers not recognizing him when he shows up to work.
In a lengthy interview with Steve Serby of the New York Post, Lin was asked if he still encounters racism on the job or in everyday life. He hinted that he believes he is a victim of racial profiling when he’s stopped by arena security.
“I still get stopped when I try to go through away arenas and stuff, and I’m walking with my teammates, and obviously none of them are Asian but I’m the only one that gets stopped, and they ask for my credentials, stuff like that,” Lin explained. “‘Hey, we need your credentials,’ or ‘Are you part of the team?’ Stuff like that. But I really don’t let it affect me. … I’m so used to it now. It doesn’t bother me.
“There’s gonna be racism everywhere I go, and some of it’s more subtle, some of it’s less malicious. I mean, every day there’s guys with certain stereotypes or whatever, and it’s not just me. But yeah, I still go through it.”
Lin also said he sometimes has “really racist things” said to him on Twitter, but he understands that is an unfortunate part of the world we live in.
If you remember, Lin dealt with insensitive racist jokes almost immediately at the height of his “Linsanity” era in New York. Some of it came from his own team, and there were also ignorant marketing ploys from major companies. It’s a shame he still has to put up with it.
Jeremy Lin has historically fared well in the New York metropolitan area, and the Brooklyn Nets are hoping that continues into the 2016-17 season.
Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson said on Wednesday that the Nets will be looking to Lin for leadership next year and that the Harvard product will be the team’s full-time point guard, per Andy Vasquez of The Record.
Coach Kenny Atkinson said Nets are looking for Jeremy Lin "for leadership, No. 1." He also said Lin will be the "full-time point guard."
— Andy Vasquez (@andy_vasquez) July 20, 2016
Brooklyn signed the 27-year-old Lin to a three-year, $36 million deal earlier this month. He averaged 11.7 points per game, 3.2 rebounds per game, and 3.0 assists per game for the Hornets last season.
Lin always functioned in more of a secondary role at each of his stops since Linsanity lit the globe ablaze during his time with the Knicks in 2012. While a repeat performance may not necessarily be in the cards in Brooklyn, it should be exciting to see what Lin can do now that he can be top dog in the backcourt once again (and hopefully in a more supportive locker room setting).
Linsanity may have been fun for the general public, but evidently it was not the most fun time for the New York Knicks’ locker room.
Former Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni told Adrian Wojnarowski’s The Vertical podcast that it was difficult to get the Linsanity Knicks playing well because teammates resented him and refused to adapt their games to best accommodate him.
“It was there, it’s real,” D’Antoni said, via Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. “The problem that we had was that for Jeremy to be really good, which he was, he had to play a certain way. It was hard for him to adapt.
“Amar’e [Stoudemire], Melo [Carmelo Anthony], whatever, had to play a certain way too to be really, really good. So there was that inherent conflict of what’s better for the team? What isn’t? Can they co-exist? Can they not? And again, they could have co-existed if Melo went to [power forward], which he really didn’t want to and Amare came to back-up Tyson [Chandler at center], which he didn’t want to. So now it’s like, what are we going to do? We could see how to go and I didn’t know how to get there and with losing again and you’re trying to prod them and you’re trying to tell ’em to play harder and all the coach’s speak and communication just like deteriorated.”
D’Antoni said that Anthony in particular was slow to adapt.
“I had one vision that I wanted him to play one way,” D’Antoni said. “He wanted to go the other way. I couldn’t get to my way.”
Stoudemire has made some assertions about Anthony’s role in Linsanity that aren’t positive. D’Antoni seems to be saying as much too. For whatever talent that Knicks team had, it seems that they just couldn’t coexist behind the scenes.