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Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 at 9:10 am  |  27 responses

Frustrated Jeremy Lin Trying to Remain Patient


Jeremy Lin’s struggles in the preseason have been under the microscope. While his coach thinks he just needs to regain some confidence, Lin feels it’s only a matter of time and patience until his game rounds back into shape. Per the Houston Chronicle: “For two days, Jeremy Lin had to let his frustration marinate in the mix that is his unique place as an NBA celebrity beginning the next phase of his career. He had struggled badly against the Spurs on Sunday, making just the last of his 10 shots, which drew unusual levels of attention if only because he was the guy going 1-for-10. That morning, an unnamed source had charged in a New York newspaper that Rockets coaches were unhappy with him over a lack of effort to improve, which they considered so inaccurate they said the issue was that he has worked too hard and they wanted him to back off. Lin did not deny his poor play or disguise his disappointment, but he also knew there would be nothing he could do about it until Wednesday night’s game against Memphis, with the Rockets having already determined he would have to sit out Monday’s game against the Mavericks. ‘It’s frustrating,’ Lin said. ‘Any time you don’t play as well as you think you’re capable of, it’s frustrating. I have to remember it’s a process. It’s not just going to happen overnight for me. I’m going to have to build and build step by step, brick by brick. As long as I get an upward progression of improvement over time, I think I’m happy.’ As much as he can have that perspective and put it in a Harvard-y sort of way, Lin could not blame his critics, since he has been among his harshest. Through three preseason games, he has averaged 5.3 points (on 21.1 percent shooting) and 4.7 assists in 22.7 minutes.”

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  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    ALL HYPE.. All you fans gassed up this poor dude, making him think he’s a star lol

  • shockexchange

    Jeremy Lin’s struggles are all relative to the size of his contract. Still, you can’t have it both ways – you can’t be praised for negotiating a contract not warranted by your talent and then seek sympathy when you can’t perform. The Knicks situation was perfect for him. He got the upside when he played great, yet had had Melo, Amare, Chandler, J.R., et.al. to deflect criticism when he didn’t. Now (i) he has to be “the man” and (ii) every PG in the league is set out to expose him as a fraud.

  • stalkinghorse

    The biggest question is probably whether Lin’s knee will hold up for a full season. The Knicks on the the other hand are likely to have even bigger injury concerns as their stable of senior citizens moves forward.

  • Redd

    3-4 articles on Lin struggling in the last 3 days..really?

  • tigerJK

    He better make that Harvard IQ translate to basketball, because this is not working. I can’t stand pgs who get more TOs than assists!

  • Caboose

    I think he’s a nice kid, but he’s not an NBA starter. I want to see him do well, but I don’t want to see him trying to illicit sympathy or whatever; this is the NBA, just go and play.

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  • M Cho

    He didn’t negotiate his contract – he signed the offer that was made to him. And he didn’t seek sympathy when he didn’t perform – nowhere in that article does he ask anyone to feel sorry for him.

  • CJCA

    Well, to a new team you do need time to adjust. Like Nash, Last night on vs. Jazz he only got 2 and 1 AS. Lakers lost all 4 preseason games.

  • Rainman

    He’s easily gonna finish the season with the most turnovers of any player. Whether he is gonna have what is considered a “good” season or not.

  • B-BALLER

    My opinion is JLIN was a media darling in NY and built up to be this superstar. Yes part of it is of his being Asian Chinese. Teams will be focus on stopping Lin. He’s on everybody’s radar. Other players will try their hardest to stop / contain Lin.

    Will be an interesting season for JLin. Seems like the pressure is already to affect him already and it’s only the preseason. Hopefully, his Christian faith will bring him through. Anyways, he’s set for life (25MIL), only needs to find a wife… :)

  • danpowers

    wait for more to come lol

  • danpowers

    no, he turned the first offer down because it was too low. smth like 8 or 9 million in the third year. so the rockets came back with that 14 / 15 million offer. the news at least said back then “lins camp wasnt satisfied with the third year”. thats also why some knicks fans felt a little sore about lin and not only about the knicks management. anyway, i wish him all the best and lots of fun with his lottery team.

  • danpowers

    (i) wont be too difficult on this rockets team. (ii) offensively he will be fine which will be enough for the majority of his hype/bandwagon fans. even nash cant and couldnt defend any above average point guard and still got away with two mvp awards (smh). maybe the rockets will be able to hide his flaws in a zone-d. we will see

  • 1982

    I want him to succeed because of obvious reasons, even if I don’t think he will ultimately. But for him to say it’s not an overnight thing is like Bieber saying his experience as a grown up is what gets him through his break ups.

  • 1982

    Probably 10 more before the weekend

  • J.C.

    probably 82 more before the season’s out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    What does faith have to do with basketball skills?

  • Texan

    Jlin tries to measure himself by his own expectatios, not what others think.
    He has the natural talents. Any negative press will motivate him to prove the doubters wrong- as in the past. He is only 24 and Housten is a great place for him to continue his development. He is a class act and an asset to the NBA!

  • Yi-Cheng Chen

    i am not a fan of Lakers (i am a big Anti-lakers fan) and am not defending the lakers… but preseason is for benchwarmers. we should watch out for them in the regular season…

  • Slick Ric

    Somebody needs to call D’antoni……

  • L Dribble

    “As long as I get an upward progression of improvement over time, I think I’m happy.”

    If I was paying him $25 million I’d be looking for a bit more than upward progression, which in this case would be shooting 2/10. Got 12 assists in his last game and four steals so that might shut a few people up for a couple of hours.

  • Peter Liu

    Not accurate. Even the Rocket management team said that it was the ROCKETS who decided to up the offer. Not because they wanted to pay more money, but they knew that the higher the offer was in the 3rd year, the less likely the Knicks would match. As for the Knicks, they NEVER made an offer. They could have before he met with the Rockets, but they told him to “test the market”. So he did. Again, the Knicks never made a single offer. Not even for 1 mil.Not even for 1 dollar. Nothing. The Knicks have no one to blame but themselves, but maybe that was the plan afterall.

  • danpowers

    i dont know what they thought. anyway, its all good now for everybody. the knicks backcourt is set up nicely and lin now got more money than he could have gotton in ny. happy end on all sides

  • http://www.facebook.com/dinny.lee.7 Dinny Lee

    Yo, JL…it takes time for the team chemistry to gel, once that happens, then hold on for the ride of your life. GO Rockets….Go JL. Oh! be patient the Lord is always with you, trust in Him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dinny.lee.7 Dinny Lee

    Yo JL, don’t put pressure on yourself if you can. Just enjoy the game and let your game come to you. When you try and try with no success, look to Him and set your mind at ease and your game will come to you effortlessly. Relax a bit, you can’t force it to happen because the harder that you try the worse it gets. Step back, relax, refocus and play because you enjoy the sport. hoop-it-up Rocket’s style, a play on Psy’s “Gangnam style” now do the horse dance bit and have fun again.

  • Lebron

    Excuses, so much excuses, so much patient…aren’t you tired of this bullshit?

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