Linsightful Lessons from “Why It’s Not Easy Being Lin” ESPN Article by Pablo Torre
With 12 games left in the frustrating Lakers season, Pablo Torre managed to write another great article capturing Jeremy Lin’s thoughts on how he dealt with the difficulty of work. Many million thoughts and sleepless nights were spent searching for ways to analyze and do things better.
The well-written and researched article offered insights on how a frustrated Lin even refused to hear concerns and complaints from his loved ones about Byron Scott treatment of DNP and 3rd-string guard marginalization) and Kobe’s unleashed fury during practice. He didn’t want to carry that negativity to work. And that’s the right step. He chose to spend his sleepless Linsomnia hours to mull over ways to positively turn the situation.
We should learn an important lesson as Lin fans with this insight. Jeremy needs more positivity and support in his twitter feed or daily interaction since he doesn’t need more negativity to his work. If we want him to do well, it’s only fair to give him more positivity than complaints/criticism (however valid they might be)
At least he has mustered some success post-All Star Game Break (ASB) with a string of
Linsanity, uhm .. (Lin shunned the word Linsanity due to connotation of a flash of great moment in NY) let’s just call it “JLin Prime” (as Joyce @awarde suggested) for now. Let’s vote for the new Lin nickname below!
All this great publicity (“Making Plays” #taketoday Adidas tweet, Linsanity DVD Giveaway, JLin Back as Starter, etc.) combined with Jeremy’s strong plays (#16 ranked PER after ASB) will greatly help increase Jeremy Lin’s values in the upcoming Free Agency. Let’s hope for bigger and better“JLin Prime” games in the last 12 games!
— Paul Villarreal (@CNM_JLin_Vids) March 26, 2015
“When it comes to talking about work, though, those walls instinctively shoot back up. He cannot help but tune out his dad and mom, who call from Palo Alto with concerns about his well-being. He refuses to engage friends’ complaints about Lakers coach Byron Scott giving his starting job to little-known Ronnie Price in December, then to littler-known Jordan Clarkson in January. The backup’s backup isolates himself from the loved ones featured on that canvas board, from the people who cannot help but watch the games, read the articles, scroll down to the comments and emerge, in Lin’s words, “just super pissed off.”
“It got to a point where I had to tell all of them, ‘Look, I appreciate you guys being on my side,'” he says. “‘But all this stuff about how upset you guys are, or how bad you think this is, I don’t want to hear any of it. I can’t carry that negativity to work.‘””
It’s a Monday afternoon in late February, and Lin and I have been catching up at a small brown dining table beneath a clock ornamented with ceramic pieces of sushi. By the time the hour hand ticks from salmon to spicy tuna, I notice that Lin, dressed in a gray hoodie and black athletic shorts, has been going out of his way to avoid saying the word Linsanity, a word he trademarked in 2012 to prevent strangers from profiting from his image. (Of his 10,381 words in our interview, he utters it exactly twice: once as part of the phrase “this, this whole Linsanity … thing,” as if using tongs to hold a diaper, and once when explaining why the term makes him uncomfortable.) In its place, Lin keeps substituting “New York,” referring to the shock of true global fame — the paparazzi who stalked him, the phantom knocks on his door at the downtown W Hotel — that urged him to hide from a city that venerated his success.”