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Tuesday, July 24th, 2012 at 9:40 am  |  31 responses

Jeremy Lin Knows He Will Always Have Doubters and Haters


Jeremy Lin opened up about the craziness from last season, followed by the Linsanity this summer, in a wide-ranging interview with the Mercury News: “As he looked back on the craziest year he could imagine, Bay Area native Jeremy Lin conceded to the truth of hindsight. He did let Linsanity go to his head. ‘If I’m being honest, in some ways, yes,’ Lin said. ‘I fought it every day. But I think subconsciously it had its effect, everyone catering to you. People were saying only good things for so long that when people said negative stuff, it was like, ‘Whoa, what’s going on?’ [...] Lin said he expected to — wanted to — re-sign with the Knicks. But the Rockets, who reportedly pegged him as a primary target, came after him hard. First, they agreed to a four-year, $28 million offer sheet, paying him about $9 million in each of the final two years. But by the time Lin arrived in Houston to sign the offer sheet, the Rockets — after reports the Knicks would match — had pulled the first offer and changed the deal. The new offer sheet was for three years, with a third-year salary of $14.8 million. ‘I didn’t go back to them and ask for more money,’ Lin said. ‘It wasn’t like they gave me the choice to sign one of the two and I chose the one that would hurt the Knicks. I had one contract offer. That was it.’ With no other offer on the table, Lin signed. [...] Reports emerged about Lin having bailed out on the team by not playing hurt in the playoffs, about Knicks owner James Dolan feeling betrayed and deceived by Lin. ‘I will always, always have doubters,’ Lin said. ‘But I really want to reach my potential to bring glory to God. That is more motivation than haters and doubters. I want to work just as hard, give just as much, whether or not I have haters.’”

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  • JML-G

    after all that ridiculous hype he is getting, he should keep his mouth shut bout doubters until he has a full season of good games instead of 7

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgvwfvTcNl0 danpowers

    he shouldnt worry so much about god coz he didnt get his million dollar contract by him. he just got all his wealth because of the fans. if he hadnt any fans, no team owner would pay him a cent. so more respect towards the whole fan base, even the haters watch your games kid

  • http://www.slamonline.com nbk Troll

    I HATE JEREMY LIN, AND DOUBT HE WILL BE ANY GOOD!

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    People really need to re-evaluate what ‘hating’ actually is. It’s not simply disliking a player because he made a decision. It’s one of the most over-used words in sports & society in general. Hate is deeper than a passing superficial emotion of anger, distress or frustration. If you truly do not feel hate towards a man/event, don’t use it. Use it to describe an injustice that has gone unpunished or unrecognised for its depravity, such as rape or murder. Use it to describe the feelings experienced afterwards, even if the issue at hand has been addressed. That’s when it should be used.
    (Just my opinion obviously, but I felt like it needed to be said. People don’t ‘hate’ Jeremy for his decision. They disagree with it vehemently. It’s absolutely not the same thing.)

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woWqSmichOo RunNGun

    Haters are gonna hate. J-LIN should just let his game this season shut the critics up; action speaks louder than words.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    People really need to re-evaluate what ‘hating’ actually is. It’s not simply disliking a player because he made a decision. It’s one of the most over-used words in sports & society in general. Hate is deeper than a passing superficial emotion of anger, distress or frustration. If you truly do not feel hate towards a man/event, don’t use it. Use it to describe an injustice that has gone unpunished or unrecognised for its depravity, such as r@pe or mu*der. Use it to describe the feelings experienced afterwards, even if the issue at hand has been addressed. That’s when it should be used.
    (Just my opinion obviously, but I felt like it needed to be said. People don’t ‘hate’ Jeremy for his decision. They disagree with it vehemently. It’s absolutely not the same thing.)
    ps – SLAM, stop deleting my comments. I saw that it’d gone through earlier & is no longer on the site. What’s up with that?

  • EJ

    Yeah, more like people who see things the way they really are.

  • AT33

    jLin is good, i’m not sure about that $25Mil/3yrs contract but i think most NBA players are overpaid, look at Chris Bosh how can he make more than LeBron or DWade?? Stupid.

  • L Dribble

    @Hursty – “Hating on Lin” is different from “hating Lin” – I think you’ve conflated the two.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Possibly. Still a ridiculous thing to do though. Thanks for pointing it out though, L Dribble.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    The fans will get this guy in the All-Star game next season. Believe that. I’m predicting a Lin and Kobe backcourt for the Western All-Stars. CP3 will most likely have a better season, but Lin has more fans.

  • Bawse

    Lin will not have that stretch he had again. He is a decent player but his hype came from other factors. I hope he can repeat it in Houston. He refused to play at 85% in the playoffs to make sure he didnt look bad. He is fortunate that the Knicks even cared to bring him back.

  • Phil the thrill

    If I was lin I wouldn’t give a shit. He has money, he’s a Harvard graduate, he has millions of fans, he’s gonna be an allstar, what more do you need or want. And take a look at the category of the fans that hate him. I can live with that and would be a pig in shi$.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    Hating on Lin? You mean having an opinion? Yeah it’s overused indeed and is lame. But ain’t nothing wrong with thanking god but he’s ungrateful.

  • CDaTyrant

    Im sick of all these second tier players at best getting huge deals. Ain’t this y there was a lockout? SMMFH I guess the 1 percenters running the teams ain’t learned yet. N Lin u had a Nice STREAK not a nice SEASON two COMPLETELY different lengths of excellence.

  • IGGI

    I always said anybody can have a few good games. He should play more them 7 good games before he open his mouth.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Clearly the SLAM moderators hates you, Hursty.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    I am one of your haters and doubters, but at least you got a team to over pay for you and your right hand dribble, can’t handle pressure, media hyped player. In Houston he will average 11pts and 6assists a game. If he averages more points, its because he will take about 15 to 25 shots a game. I forgot he will average 4 turnovers a game too.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woWqSmichOo RunNGun

    Wow, quite some bold predictions before the season has started. The NBA should be hiring SLAM commentators for statistical analysis. Make it happen, Stern.

  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/22/mark-cuban-skip-bayless-first-take-lebron_n_1619209.html albie1kenobi

    backlash is a b!tch. not that i’m comparing Lin’s basketball ability with these two, but kobe was the golden boy of the league once upon a time, and so was lebron. Durant will fall off grace in about 2 years. i can guarantee it.

  • pposse

    is it just me or does linn and tebow’s thanking of God all the time sound a little fake, kind of like a new media savvy tactic?

  • http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&client=tablet-android-verizon&tbo=d&gbv=2&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=the+goonies+sloth&oq=the+goonies+sloth&aq=f&aqi=g5g-S4&aql=&gs_ LakeShow

    16-6-3-1.5stls 45% fg. 4.5 to’s

  • pposse

    i dont have kids, but if i did and they were into sports i would make damn sure that a guy like Linn and/or Tebow were their favorites/idols (mostly cause of their never ending thanking to God). And that’s real, but at the same time these guys might not be real if they are only saying these things for the exact hypothetical that i used.

  • shawnkemp4prez

    If you guys look at Lin’s background a little, you’ll see that his faith in God is genuine. It’s why he and Landry Fields had their pre-game handshake where they motioned flipping through the Bible and read a verse. And Lin’s faith comes out when he says he’ll “always, always have doubters.” He means that deeper than basketball. The Bible teaches that when you accept a relationship with Jesus, you will see doubt and criticism from the outside world. It takes a strong individual to stand up for their faith so publicly, because to the outside world, it looks “corny” or “fake.” So in that regard, I respect guys like Lin and Tebow. I encourage my brothers and sisters to read Matthew 5:11-12

  • LA Huey

    Just get your paper and play ball, brother. The doubts nothing new. Your role in all the hype was balling to the best of your ability when given an opportunity. I aint mad you.

  • Joey

    All Lin has done is play his game when given the opportunity, be honest, believe in his religion, and tried not to let this new found fame get to his head. He is not the GM of the Rockets and James Dolan was (is) the biggest tard in the L before that Cavs owner opened his bitter trap. Why are people hating again?

  • Joey

    And damn.. dude is a rookie. He was passed up by houston and became a FA. It is Houston’s fault for letting Lin fall through the crack. Now they are paying for someone they could have had a rock bottom Rookie Contract prices. I feel nothing for Houston over paying. And as for Lin playing at 85%. He’s a rookie! I don’t know how many times he’s been injured in his career.. but 85% is just a number he probably pulled out of thin air. I agree that MIA was lighting the Knicks up and making Lin look really bad.. but with no contract in place and possibly blowing out his knee and knocking him back to obscurity.. what would you do?

  • http://theurbangriot.com The NUPE

    Lin has a great story, his route to the NBA and to that big contract is worth a t.v. mini-series. His honesty is saying that the ‘Linsanity’ hype got to his head is appreciated. As is his faith and just working to reach his potential. Seems like a legit, modest, hard working guy that is now recievig the fruits of his efforts. IF he does play to his ability and has a very good season (how ever you want to define that) then he’ll still have ‘haters’. IF he plays poorly next season – he’ll still have haters then too. So all he can do is work hard, play his game and keep his faith. I’m not a Lin fan, but appreciate the fact that he still seems ‘grounded’ and doesn’t come off like he’s fallen into his own hype machine. It’s really just unfortunate to me that he’s recieving so much ‘hate’ as he hasn’t done or said anything besides play basketball and thank god.

  • Valkyrie

    If your opinion is based on the fact that you’re obsessed with someone else, and you feel the need to “defend” him against praise for other players, you are a hater.

  • I am cool with That

    I have two kids…and definitely supportive of them looking up to Jeremy Lin as a role model. The kid is humble, excellent work ethetics…what a breath of fresh air.

  • Armando Tan

    Hating with reasons to hate is simple hatred. Hating without any reason at all is pure ENVY.

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