Which NBA Team Offers the Best Chance to Realize Jeremy Lin’s Goal?
After a flurry of Head Coach hiring in the NBA, 11 teams found 4 new first-time Head Coaches (Kenny Atkinson, Luke Walton, David Fizdale, Earl Watson). With familiar names tied to Jeremy Lin such as Kenny Atkinson and Mike D’Antoni, Lin fans will speculate which team and Head Coach will be Jeremy Lin’s best choice as he enters the Free Agency in the summer of 2016.
Here's the completed coaching carousel for the Summer of '16: pic.twitter.com/Y7UlwO1xn0
— John Schuhmann (@johnschuhmann) May 26, 2016
Jeremy Lin Free Agency Goals
In order to do so, it is best to understand Jeremy Lin’s goals. On May 5 2016, he posted a Facebook message that stated his goals in the Free Agency:
This past year was a step in the right direction, but I know there’s another level I can get to. So as I approach the off-season, I will keep working on my game. Next year my jumper will be way better. I will come back a much better player. I want to keep having fun on the court (like I did this past year). For free agency, I will seek out every opportunity that gives me the greatest chance to be the best player I can be. I believe I’m just getting started. I have more to give and more to accomplish.
— Joy Jeng (@Loveforlife0323) May 6, 2016
With a goofy expression and a basketball Net strategically placed in the background, some fans speculated if he has a tongue-in-cheek message for his fans that he might consider Brooklyn Nets who just named Kenny Atkinson on April 17. Kenny helped him to create 2012 Linsanity in NY as an assistant coach (Jeremy Lin on Kenny Atkinson: “I know how much he was there for me”)
It remains to be unknown if Lin playfully hinted at the Nets but what is obvious is his Free Agency goals:
1.The Hornets season was a step in the right direction but he wants to go to another level
2. He will seek out every opportunity that will give him the greatest chance to be the best player that he can be.
It is not a secret that Jeremy Lin wanted to start as as he consistently commented throughout the season. His honest comment during playoff about the limitations of being a bench player to make an immediate impact; otherwise he wouldn’t get a lot of playing time is understandable. His strong starters stats in 13 games (17pts/4rebs/4.8asts with 0.580 TS% similar to 4 stars) also backed up the assertion that he can go to another level being a full-time starter.
— JLin Portal (@JLinPortal) May 15, 2016
And as far as his goal to seek the greatest chance to be the best player that he can be, his fans can understand he will try to find not only a starting Point Guard role but also allow him to be a ball-dominant guard to orchestrate the offense. What Kenny Atkinson said about the importance of PG role like a quarterback in the NFL certainly raises the chance that JLin will consider the Brooklyn Nets Point Guard position. At the same time, this might lower the chance for a defensive PG role next to James Harden as the ball-dominant SG in the Houston Rockets although Mike D’Antoni is the new head coach. Or backup PG role in the Charlotte Hornets or San Antonio Spurs despite the great team chemistry.
Kenny Atkinson on Nets need for a PG: "It's like the NFL quarterback. It’s the Drew Brees, it’s the Aaron Rogers. It’s super important."
— Andy Vasquez (@andy_vasquez) May 16, 2016
Which NBA teams do you think offer the best chance to realize Jeremy Lin’s goals (go to another level & greatest chance to be the best player he can be)?
You may vote on JLinPortal site poll or Twitter Poll
— JLin Portal (@JLinPortal) May 27, 2016