Jeremy Lin’s Rave Reviews in Toronto Raptors Debut; Coach Nick Nurse Wants a More Aggressive Lin

It was everything that is expected from Toronto Raptors fans who gave such a warm welcome Jeremy Lin in his debut, a mere hours away after signing his contract. Standing ovation, raucous cheers when Jeremy Lin made his first basket, electric atmosphere when Lowry and Lin showed immediate PG-to-PG chemistry by connecting a few times even when Jeremy admittedly only knew three plays in the Toronto Raptors playbook.

Jeremy tweeted his appreciation to Toronto fans for the standing ovation and love, “Hectic day but ended with a win (even though I only knew three plays lol)!! Thank you Toronto for the standing O and the love!”. He posted three pictures showing his joyous celebration scream, a loving moment capturing the moment Jeremy hugged Mama Lin who can’t contain her smiles, and a picture showing Kyle Lowry helping him to learn about plays during the game. It summed up all the great moments in Jeremy Lin’s debut as a Toronto Raptors with electric atmosphere in the building, his joy of spending special moment with his always-supportive mom, and his appreciation of the warm welcome from the starting point guard who helped him to quickly adjust in a new team.

Jeremy finished with 8 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 block, 1 steal, 3 turnovers in 25 minutes. He was part of the important 15-0 run in the third quarter with Anunoby and Siakam to contribute with strong defense to give the Raptors momentum to come back and retake the lead.

When asked about what he thinks about Lin’s performance, Head Coach Nick Nurse said,

I would have liked him to be a little more aggressive …. I think he went in there thinking pass, pass, pass tonight a little bit and I think he had a chance to take some more shots because I think he can score. But that’s okay … I think he looked good out there. His speed, quickness, ball handling, he fits in nice out there.”

Coach Nurse acknowledged Lin’s ability to score but understood these veteran players like Lin and Gasol would rather continue passing in their first game to fit in with other players.

Post-Game Conference for Pascal Siakam, Jeremy Lin, and Nick Nurse

Toronto Raptors Media coverage after Jeremy Lin’s Debut
Other Lin-teresting links
  • Toronto Raptors Twitter List by Chris Walder: Essential Twitter follow (media, bloggers) containing 130+ accounts.
  • Atlanta Hawks Lloyd Pierce shared his thoughts about JLin’s buyout and tenure: helping Trae to grow in a stabilizer role and a chance to get his career back on track after playing only 35 games in the past 2 years. Buyout came unexpected as it happened so quickly. Lin and Lloyd had back-and-forth text conversation on major move; GM Travis had conversation with him on Monday February 11, the day off after a game.
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LOLLL I really thought I could find an escape 🤦🏻‍♂️ 我真的以为我能找个办法跑走

LOLLL I really thought I could find an escape 🤦🏻‍♂️