7/14 JLin Shanghai Interview – Lakers Trade
(courtesy of Steve Chou’s translation in JeremyLin.net)
I’ve translated Jeremy’s interview in Shanghai into English for the non-Chinese speakers on this board. Hopefully, it’s not too bad… 😉
Q: What were you doing before going to LA to meet the Lakers? How was your mood at that time?
Lin: I wasn’t sure if I would be traded. I just kept on training as I felt that my goal remained the same.
Q: How did you know that you had been traded to the Lakers? What was your feeling like upon hearing the news?
Lin: I was in Beijing and sleeping at that time. Then the phone in the hotel room rang. My agent told me that I had been traded to LA. I was very happy and thrilled. Then I woke my mom, sister-in-law and brothers up, and told them about the news. I immediately started making arrangements for flying to LA because I needed to be there to undergo a physical exam and sign the contract. After the contract was signed, I flew back to Shanghai.
Q: Before the trade occurred, the Rockets were trying to recruit Carmelo Anthony at your expense. Did that hurt you a lot?
Lin: I didn’t feel particularly hurt. I DID feel that they didn’t really appreciate me. I wasn’t mad or losing any sleep over this. After hearing about it, I was just like ‘OK’.
Q: Since the new head coach of the Lakers hasn’t been officially named, what kind of role do you think you’ll play on the team? What kinds of expectations do you have?
Lin: Right now, it’s hard to say since the Lakers are still in the process of signing new players, and there’s no confirmed coach in place yet. My own goal is just to keep on training, and hopefully I’ll have a better season next year than this one. I’ll probably have more minutes on the court so I hope that I can improve my basketball skills during this summer.
Q: In which areas, specifically?
Lin: Pretty much the same as last year: improve my 3-point field goal percentage, and also work on the floater this year. Most NBA point guards all possess a very good floater technique.
Q: As a matter of fact, you just mentioned that you have no idea who the new coach will be. Which coach in the league do you hope that will take the reins in the Lakers? Or, in other words, which coach do you prefer?
Lin: I don’t know now because I’m relatively young. I really don’t know. Mike D’Antoni, of course, is my favorite. But I don’t know which coaches the Lakers are considering now.
Q: Let’s talk about the Lakers, which always ends up with Kobe. You scored 38 points against the Lakers. And, there was something interesting going on between you and Kobe. The media asked him whether he knew you or not. Was that a particularly interesting experience for you as you look back now?
Lin: It’s kind of funny. But I feel, as I said, that he treated me very well every time he saw me. I really feel that this is a great opportunity for the two of us.
Q: Are you looking forward to having some chemistry with him on the court next season? Is there going to be a very good cooperation?
Lin: Absolutely. He is an NBA all-star. He’s the best when he’s healthy. So, I can learn from him. This is a very good opportunity.
Q: Are you looking forward to working with Kobe and Nash?
Lin: Very much so because I know them and their respective NBA careers. Both are great players. I hope that I can learn a great deal from them when all is said and done. I hope I can become a complete all-around player like Nash. As far as Kobe is concerned, I want to learn how to win like him. I feel that I haven’t won a ton of games in the NBA. The farthest I have gone so far was making the playoffs. But, he has won 5 championships. So, there’s a lot for me to learn.
Q: Since Kobe has been very demanding towards his teammates, do you feel any pressure at all?
Lin: I’ve heard that he doesn’t like lazy players. I don’t feel that he will regard me as one of them. So, I hope that we can work together very well.
Q: While many people said that it’s lucky to play with Kobe, some others also considered it challenging. How do you look at it?
Lin: I feel that this is an excellent opportunity for me to learn a lot. Of course, I’m very happy about it. I feel that every championship-caliber team must have its own identity, so does Kobe.
Q: Based on your understanding of the Lakers now, do you feel that you’ll be in the starting lineup next season?
A: It’ll be up to the coaches. After what I had gone through in New York, I’ve never felt that I should be a bench player or a starter. I just keep on training. Obviously, I hope to be a starter.
Q: Do you think that making the playoffs is the bottom line?
Lin: It’s a goal. I hope we can make it.
Q: In what areas do you think that Nash can help you?
Lin: In each and every area. I know he’s very smart. Nash has tremendous basketball skills. He can teach me a lot like how to pass. I can tap into his knowledge of the game like how he thinks on and off the court. I’ve also heard that he has been eating healthy food and living a healthy life which contribute to quicker recovery and prolong his career. So, I hope I can learn a lot.
Q: Do you think that you can meet this highest demand? (Note: I’m not sure about the context of this question.)
Lin: I don’t know because we haven’t finalized our roster yet. I don’t know who my teammates will be. It’s hard to say what a year from now will be like. I hope that I can stay with the Lakers but maybe I’ll go to another team.
Q: You are worried about your next stop. Is it because you’ve changed teams quite often?
Lin: I just hope that I can stay on the same team for a long time but it depends on the situation of the Lakers.
Q: Are we going to have the chance to ask if you’ve fulfilled your NBA dream with the Lakers next season?
Lin: I hope so. Staying in the NBA every day is exactly my dream.
Q: Thank you.