Classy and Optimistic JLin in Ian O’Connor ESPN Interview

I’m glad “Classy and Optimistic” JLin showed up during Ian O’Connor ESPN Radio interview on 8/3 morning show.

He was classy as usual to respond to his Houston experience to defer to Harden as the main playmaker but at the same time chose to project optimism in his preparation before the Lakers training camp.

ESPN NY Radio Ian O’Connor’s interview that aired this morning. (courtesy of blubell)
Starts around 33:53 on JLin interview

Some Lin fans seemed to have disagreement in how Lin chose to stay classy in regards to how he confirmed Harden to be the better player. He further confirmed Houston was correct to make Harden the playmaker and asked him to sacrifice by being more off-the-ball and play off-the-bench.

He could have chosen to slam Houston Rockets by saying something to the effect of , “Look how that decision work out in the 1st round of playoff loss against Portland Blazers” in regards to Harden’s struggle in the whole series except the last game. But It would sound petty and bitter although it would be selfishly satisfying. But it also wouldn’t sound like the classy JLin that we knew to be complementary in public media from his NY days.

Moreover, it would be such a distraction because the national media would pounce on the story and his Laker teammates would hate him for hogging attention as this new troublemaker. It’s a good thing we have a wise Jeremy who knew how to hold his tongue to be successful in the NBA. Houston is in the past and he needs to focus his energy to be the best teammate for the Lakers. Nothing more and nothing less for now.

Godspeed, Jeremy!



  1. I think he did pretty good on this interview….smartly enough to make sure no medias can make something out of nothing on what he said….

  2. Glad you also noticed the same careful approach.

    Did you also notice the long pause before answering about Harden’s question taking his job as the primary ball-handler? 😀 It’s great that he used the word ‘sacrifice’ in his role to be an off-the-ball guard and coming off the bench.

    I wonder if he can be more straightforward in the conclusion. He could’ve said although he didn’t get to use his main strength by having the ball in his hands, he’s glad to be able to improve in other areas. So he’s confident he can contribute more if the coach and Kobe want him to do so.

    Perhaps it’s not good to speculate in the media before meeting Byron Scott and Kobe.

  3. I think the way Lin construct this interview……he basically means…..”Yes, I was not in a ideal situation, but I learned a lot. I think I am more complete now and I can help any team to win. Linsanity will not be my only legacy after I retire and I am confident that I can do something better.”

    He said all those without having to shoot anyone in his past…..or future.

  4. I agree. Sometimes simple is better.

    The media and Lakers teammates will get the message that Lin is all about his team w/o putting any personal agenda. That’s who Lin really is.

  5. This was one of the best Jeremy interviews so far this summer. My favorites are Dan Patrick and Jay Mohr… It’s nice to have good hosts who know how to conduct interviews.

  6. I agree Ian put a lot of thought into more probing questions on how underrated Lin was in Houston due to Harden’s presence. He definitely understood the whole situation in Houston and wanted to give Lin a chance to voice out his opinions.

    Dan Patrick’s questions were okay in terms of quality (nothing too deep) and a bit hurried when Lin called in. But the bit about Dartsmouth college vs Harvard was funny, revealing the fun competitive atmosphere in the Ivy league.

    I actually haven’t listened to Jay Mohr. So thanks, I’ll listen in :}

    Here’s the link for others:

  7. I do like Jay Mohr’s interview :] thanks!
    Very light-hearted, smart interesting ways to ask questions.

    And I like the “what are your goals for this year, brother?” and “I saw in NY how you won 5 games by yourself!” lines.
    Jay Mohr is definitely fond of JLin the basketball player and person. “Far out!”

  8. I know what you mean regarding Dan Patrick’s interview. I was perhaps mesmerized by his voice… it was definitely meant for hosting sports shows. haha.

  9. Thanks for the link! Enjoyed it even more this time. I do like Jay’s style and the mood of this interview. Very easy to listen to… very relaxed.
    Looking back at interviews in Houston, interviewers really lacked personality with their mundane questions. I’m glad Jeremy is back in the big market. NY and LA media sure outperforms Houston.

  10. You got to love how he sings in this parody commercial –

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