Thoughts on JLin Interview with Alex Kennedy

 

Some thoughts on JLin’s Interview Answers with Alex Kennedy

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NBA PM: Lin Ready for Fresh Start With Lakers By  | Senior NBA Editor

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-lin-ready-for-fresh-start-with-lakers/

 

1. Something to Prove in LA?

On continuing his development as an LA Laker, Lin said,

“I definitely don’t think I’m close to my prime yet,” Lin said with a laugh. “I’m 25 years old and I think because of the way things have happened, people always think I’m older or I’ve been around longer than I really have. I’ve played two full seasons in the NBA – two full seasons and those 25 games in New York. I guess people have been very quick to write me off just because they saw how it started and then they saw what I was like in Houston, but I have to just keep reminding myself it’s a marathon. If, God willing, I can still play another 10 years, I think it’s just the beginning for me.”

 

Lin has always been a very self-reflective person and he knew his time in Houston playing behind Harden and for the wrong system/coach was the main reasons people underestimated him now. He might not play to prove people wrong this season but there is no doubt he wants to play to show what he’s capable of when he’s trusted as the main playmaker.

 2. Looking Forward to Making Lakers a surprise team

I mean, it’s by far the most prestigious organization I’ve ever been a part of, obviously with all of the championships and just the level that it’s traditionally been known to be at. I think it’s a challenge for us to get the team back to where it was before and I think we have an opportunity to really surprise people this year. I think people aren’t expecting too much from us, and maybe they shouldn’t, but we’re hoping that we obviously do a lot better than anticipated.”

Lin sounded confident that the current Lakers personnel and with Byron Scott as a coach can be a surprise team in the NBA.  In contrast, Lin was not as hopeful in his 1st season in Houston with young personnels. I think Lin knows if everyone is committed with a combination of veteran players (Kobe, Nash, Boozer) and young players (Nick Young, Randle, Wes, Clarkson) plus Byron Scott’s message to prioritize team defense, they can be very good.

3. Lin likes Coach Byron Scott’s emphasis on defense

“I think it’s great,” Lin said of the decision to hire Scott. “I think the first thing that he talked about from a public standpoint was reestablishing the franchise, the team and the emphasis on defense. I think that’s great, and I think that’s how you have to win games. If you look at the top four teams, the top two from the East and the top two from the West, they’re always top five, top 10, in the NBA in defensive efficiency. I know that’s been one of my weaknesses in the past, but I truly believe I’m a much better defensive player now and I think I’ll be able to contribute a lot to this team.”

 

I think Jeremy is very aware that it will take great defense to be a surprise team next season so that’s why he likes how much Coach Byron Scott emphasized about defense in his press interview (i.e. benching player comment if they don’t get with the program).

It’s good to see Lin is at peace with how things are lining up for him and the Lakers. Let’s hope the Lakers can jell quickly and everyone buys into Byron Scott’s system, starting with Kobe, Nash, Boozer, Nick Young and others.

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  • Lin says he’s not playing with a chip on his shoulder. Scott thinks Lin is, presumably to show that he should not have lost his starting PG job.

    IMO, Lin is not playing with a chip on his shoulder to prove anything to anyone. He is focused on the process of improving and on winning as a team. He has goals – a starting PG, an all-star PG, a champion PG. However, he isn’t worried about proving who he is as a player, that he can achieve these goals, to anyone. It isn’t about recognition. Its about personal excellence.

  • I also believe Lin’s telling statement in the presser that he didn’t fit in the right system, right coach so he understood he didn’t lose the starting PG job. More like the bad coach and system didn’t know how to build a team by playing Harden play PG and not playing D.

    For Lin, I agree he has the right mindset to play for personal excellence for God as he stated. It’s definitely an ongoing process since he’s been saying that multiple times. And this time he would need it to fight the temptation to prove he could create a bigger Linsanity. It’s would be an ongoing inner struggle to play confidently w/o added external struggle to prove that McHale and Morey were wrong about not trusting him. One thing going for him is he has GM and coach that believe in him (as far as we can tell 🙂

    Let’s hope Kobe develops trust with Lin during training camp or even before that.