I’m trying to move on from all this Jeremy Lin craziness, but I was intrigued by Ian Begley’s interview with Lin the day after the Knicks decided not to match Houston’s offer.
What I expected was the usual talk when a beloved athlete leaves, “I love the fans” and “I wanted to play here for the rest of my career”… Except, what I read made me look differently at what Lin might have been thinking as talks started to heated up.
One particular comment from Lin that caught my…
“Honestly, I preferred New York,” Lin told Sports Illustrated. “But my main goal in free agency was to go to a team that had plans for me and wanted me. I wanted to have fun playing basketball. … Now I’m definitely relieved.”
2 things stand out with what Lin said; “my main goal in free agency was to go to a team that had plans for me and wanted me”.
Lin told SI that he met with Mike Woodson in late June and said that Woodson talked about Lin being the starter and being a big part of the team. Lin also stated that Dolan told him before Game 5 versus the Miami Heat,
“I have plans for you in the future,”
“This is a long-term investment. Don’t rush back (referring to Lin returning from knee injury).” – James Dolan
Now that to me sounds like the Knicks met Lin’s “main goal in free agency”
So what happened?
In my opinion the last sentence of Lin’s quote says it all…
“I wanted to have fun playing basketball. … Now I’m definitely relieved.”
All Lin talks about is how he loved the NY fans and that he preferred playing in NYC, so if you’re not playing in the preferred city you wanted to play in… What exactly is he so relieved about?
After all the Linsanity and winning an Espy, could it be that Lin was feeling the pressure? I mean at the end of the day this is still NYC, and the media here builds you up just so they can knock you down. And with the Knicks fan base resting all their hopes and dreams on the shoulders of Lin, may be just may be basketball would not be as fun as he thought he could be. Yes the Knicks have Amare and Melo, but it was Lin who had the Garden rocking like no other time during that EPIC 8 game winning streak.
There was no question Lin was going to sign with someone, so I just don’t get the relief he felt. Of course I could be over analyzing this, smh.
How many more days until NFL Kickoff???
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!
Anthony, the Knicks star playing for Team USA, has taken some criticism for calling what the Rockets gave Lin a “ridiculous contract.” But Anthony was consistent in saying he hoped Lin would be back with the Knicks and wanted to see if Lin-sanity could continue.
“If I really wanted to, I could have triple-digit endorsements,” Lin pointed out, but he does not. Instead, and in large part because Lin wanted to concentrate on basketball, he declined to cash in on the Linsanity gold-rush — namely, the mountain of business opportunities in Asia — and picked only three companies: Volvo, Steiner Sports and Nike.
college so it may take him a while to realize that selling things to a billion plus in China is more awesome than selling to 16 million people in NY.
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