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Jeremy Lin shares hilarious stories about Michael Jordan as Hornets owner

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ESPN’s “The Last Dance” has focused on Michael Jordan’s one-of-a-kind competitiveness during his NBA career, but one former Charlotte Hornets player is sharing how that extended into Jordan’s time as an owner as well.

In a post to Instagram on Thursday, veteran guard Jeremy Lin, who played for the Hornets in the 2015-16 season, shared some tremendous stories about his experience with Jordan, the controlling owner of the team. Lin shared a tale about how Jordan once berated an official from his courtside seat, saying, “You were a bum ref when I was playing and you’re still a bum ref now!”

Lin then told the story of how Jordan showed up at Hornets practice after the team lost four games in a row, concluding his address to them by saying, “Figure it out and don’t make me fly back up from Florida.”

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All this talk about MJ being the inspired this #MemoryLane post. When I signed w the Hornets, I was imagining MJ destroying everyone in mid-post one on one after every practice (except me obviously…lol). He wasnt around much in the beginning but I vividly remember 2 MJ moments of that season 1. He was courtside at one of our games and was locked in…like LOCKED IN! He was on the refs nonstop. "Yo —-, you were a bum ref when I was playin and you're still a bum ref now. You gonna swallow your whistle all night?" The (unnamed) ref looked, saw it was MJ and never dared look back in our direction. I dont remember anything else that happened that game haha 2. Later in the season we dropped 4 straight Ls. MJ showed up at the next practice. I swear to you I dont remember any of the stories he told about his time w the Bulls or anything else he said. Only his closing statement. "Figure it out and dont make me fly back up from Florida" lollll People always say, "you are who you are." And MJ is to the core the ultimate competitor. Playing for him was an honor! #MemoryLane #Jordanshrug

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Jordan, who hails from North Carolina, first bought a minority stake in the team in 2006 back when they were still the Bobcats. He then became the majority owner of the team in 2010 and helped oversee the name change to the Charlotte Hornets in 2014.

Lin is far from the only famous basketball figure to share inside stories about Jordan amid the documentary, as His Airness’ legend just continues to grow, especially now that a new generation is being introduced to the full extent and essence of Michael Jordan.

Mike D’Antoni’s brother shares what led to downfall of Linsanity

Jeremy Lin

Linsanity was a fiery comet blazing through the sky that seemed to end just as quickly. Now one man who witnessed it firsthand is sharing some interesting insights about what led to its demise.

Speaking with Marc Berman of the New York Post this week, Dan D’Antoni, brother of then-New York Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni and himself a Knicks assistant at the time, discussed Jeremy Lin’s sudden rise and fall in 2012.

“We had won 10 of 13 games and Jeremy was the main propeller of the boat,” he said. “But you can’t run Mike’s system – and I’m not blaming Carmelo [Anthony]. It was the way Carmelo’s game was at that time. He got his rep as a mid-range jump shooter. He had every right because he won a lot of games in Denver as an elbow-iso guy. But we had that elbow-iso guy [in Amar’e Stoudemire]. If you didn’t space the floor, it puts a halt to what Jeremy was doing. It went back toward Melo and it was a difficult situation.

“It was hard to blend everything,” Dan added. “You have to have spacing. [Anthony] wanted to get back to that spot where he’d ask for the ball in a certain area. The offense Jeremy was running is more free flow, attacking off the pick and roll and kicking out to shooters. Two different styles. Mike had a hard time with it … It wasn’t Melo’s fault because Amar’e’s there. You have to have real good support from the owner, to GM, to the coach, to the star players. If those three don’t line up, it’s difficult.”

Lin, who now plays in the Chinese Basketball Association for the Beijing Ducks, became perhaps the biggest star on the planet during that memorable run with the Knicks. Anthony’s return from injury was the beginning of the end though, and the D’Antonis were replaced in favor of Mike Woodson and his staff not long after. Lin himself then left in free agency that summer.

Mike D’Antoni has since admitted that some of those Knicks had bitterness towards Lin because of his stardom, and now Dan is offering some perspective on why it wasn’t able to work from a purely on-court standpoint either.

Jeremy Lin considering playing in China next season

Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin still is not drawing any significant interest from NBA teams more than a month after the start of free agency, and he acknowledged this week that he is considering the possibility of playing overseas.

Lin was in Guangzhou, China, on Friday endorsing Chinese sportswear brand Xtep when a reporter asked him if he has thought about playing in the Chinese Basketball Association next year. The 30-year-old admitted he has.

“Of course I am thinking about the CBA,” Lin said, via Jonathan White of the South China Morning Post. “I don’t know where I will be next year, so I don’t have expectations. I know what level I can play at, so if I don’t get that I won’t settle.”

Lin’s top choice would obviously be continuing to play in the NBA, but it’s unclear if he will get a shot. Regardless of what he chooses, he says happiness is his No. 1 priority.

“I want to be happy, that is the main thing,” Lin said. “When you are competing, everything is about the NBA. But I am 30 now, the main thing is to be happy.”

Lin became emotional during a recent public appearance and said he feels like the NBA has given up on him. He averaged 9.6 points per game last season in time split between the Atlanta Hawks and Toronto Raptors, and it sounds like he already has at least one opportunity to play overseas. There should be plenty of others if he chooses to go that route.

Nate Robinson tells Jeremy Lin to come play in BIG3

Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin is extremely discouraged with the lack of interest NBA teams have showed in him since the start of free agency, but Nate Robinson says an opportunity awaits if Lin has interest in the BIG3.

Robinson, who is a co-captain of the BIG3’s Tri-State team, saw Lin’s speech over the weekend where he became emotional about teams not wanting to sign him. Robinson said in an Instagram post that he knows how that feels and encouraged Lin to sign with the BIG3.

Lin was in tears during a trip to Asia when speaking to a crowd about how “the NBA’s kind of given up on me.” The 30-year-old spent part of last year with the Atlanta Hawks before finishing with the NBA champion Toronto Raptors. He averaged 9.6 points per game.

Lin will have opportunities to play overseas if no NBA team signs him, and that may be a better option at this point than the BIG3. However, the league now has a contract with CBS and appears to be growing. Lin may take that into consideration.

Jeremy Lin gets emotional, feels like NBA has given up on him

Jeremy Lin

It may feel like just yesterday that Linsanity was arguably the biggest story in all of sports, but the tone surrounding Jeremy Lin has changed quite a bit in the past seven years. Now, he sounds like a man who knows his NBA career may be over.

Lin, 30, is currently a free agent after spending part of the year with the Atlanta Hawks last season and the other part with the NBA champion Toronto Raptors. While giving a speech during a trip to Asia this week, he broke down in tears and said the NBA has “kind of given up on me.”

“In English there’s a saying that says once you hit rock bottom the only way is up, but rock bottom just seems to keep getting more and more rock bottom for me,” Lin said. “Free agency has been tough, because in many ways I kind of feel like the NBA’s given up on me. I always knew if I gave anybody a reason to doubt me, they would.”

It’s hard to believe that’s the same Lin who became an overnight sensation with the Knicks, but remaining on top in pro sports is extremely difficult. Fortunately, Lin will have opportunities to keep playing professionally if he wants to, as he is said to be the top target for at least one team overseas.

Report: Jeremy Lin is top target for CSKA Moscow

Jeremy Lin

Seven years after Linsanity lit the planet ablaze, Jeremy Lin’s time in the National Basketball Association may be over.

Emiliano Carchia of Sportando reported on Friday that the veteran is the top target for Russian club CSKA Moscow at the guard position.

Lin, who turns 31 later this summer, remains without an NBA offer as August nears. He played sparingly for the Toronto Raptors last season (7.0 points in 18.8 minutes per game) but was able to win his first championship with them.

CSKA Moscow’s previous NBA target backed out after he got an offer from the Milwaukee Bucks, and with Lin now both an NBA champion and the league’s most famous player at one time, he may be content that his work here is done.

Jeremy Lin tells fans to quit it with Carmelo Anthony shade

Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin won an NBA championship before Carmelo Anthony did, but he’s not happy with the countless users on social media basking in that much.

The Toronto Raptors guard took to his Instagram Story on Friday to call for fans to quit throwing shade at his former New York Knicks teammate.

“Been seeing a lot of shade being thrown towards Melo,” Lin wrote. “Just wanna ask everyone to stop. Whatever happened happened, but that’s irrelevant now. We can celebrate one without cutting down another.

“Life’s too short, bball’s too precious, and love is too rare these days,” he went on. “You have one life to live. Be gracious, forgiving, loving, servant-hearted.”

Lin and Anthony were teammates in New York in 2011-12, better known as the year that launched the worldwide “Linsanity” craze. It’s not much of a secret though that Anthony was among several Knicks who resented Lin’s success during their time together.

Now that Lin is an NBA champion some seven years later, it’s obvious that the title means a lot more to him than just being able to stick it to ex-teammates.