Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 at 4:10 pm  |  26 responses

Jeremy Lin Felt He Was Supposed to ‘Save Houston Basketball’

Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin spoke candidly to a group of 20,000 at a youth conference in Taipei, Taiwan. Lin talked about the pressure he felt during the Linsanity phenomenon, and after signing his large contract in H-Town. Per the Gospel Herald (via the Houston Chronicle): “With his sudden rise to NBA stardom, Lin was expected to be the Houston Rocket’s cornerstone player – ‘I was ready to invigorate the entire city of Houston … I was supposed to save Houston basketball,’ he said. What happened next was not exactly what Lin had hoped for – he didn’t play well at the start of the season and took a back seat to a newly-signed teammate, James Harden. Lin became very frustrated and anxious about losing his starting spot on the Rockets – ‘I became so obsessed with becoming a great basketball player … trying to be Linsanity, being this phenomenon that took the NBA by storm,’ he said. ‘The coaches were losing faith in me, basketball fans were making fun of me,’ said Lin, who was called ‘overrated’ and ‘overpaid’ by the media. Lin soon realized that all of his success and fame had not fulfilled him the way that many think it would – ‘I was supposed to be joyful and free, but what I experienced was the opposite – I had no joy, and I felt no freedom,’ he said. After much reflection, Lin realized that he had allowed himself to be consumed by his job, and that he was trying to base his self-worth on his performance. He decided to re-prioritize his life, and tried to stop listening to all of the negative comments from onlookers. He also stopped dwelling on his own disappointment, he said. ‘I had to get back to listening to God’s voice,’ said the NBA star – ‘I had to get back to being who God made me to be.’ Lin had remembered that his identity is founded upon being one of God’s beloved children, purchased by Christ; ‘Linsanity,’ he said, was an identity that had been created by the world. [...] Lin is no longer enslaved to a desire for approval from others, or by trying to live up to the ‘Linsanity’ hype.”

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  • Blarmac

    Geez. Deep talk.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    You’ve changed, bro.

  • shawnkemp4prez

    “People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks upon the heart.”
    1 Samuel 16:7

    God is definitely not impressed by us like we tend to think lol. I like this cat J-Lin

  • shockexchange

    No. He was supposed help sell Houston Rockets’ apparel to his throng of Asian fans.

  • bike

    Given Lin’s obvious intelligence and sensitivity, this is not surprising to see this level of personal reflection.

    Now, if Dwight starts spouting this kind of talk…..

  • melvo

    Yeah, he played at an unforgettable level during those 2-3 weeks of ‘Linsanty’, and that’s probably what he’ll be remembered for in basketball circles, but it’s time to move on from that. I love Lin’s attitude and mentality, I hope he adjusts to his new role in the upcoming seasons.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    “‘I had to get back to listening to God’s voice”

    “Except when he suggested I develop some dribbling skills with my left hand…I just ignored that part”.

  • Mrdjhiphop23

    Either way he is still helping Houston lol

  • LakeShow

    “He also told me it would be terrible to work on my 3 point consistency. “

  • BugEyes

    I think he will get his starting spot back, if they find chemistry they will be a great team

  • TSmoove

    “didn’t play well at the start of the season and took a back seat to a newly-signed teammate, James Harden”…did he take a back seat or did Harden tell him to get his ass in the back…

  • Teddy-the-Bear


  • Cortez Mack

    His skill level told (made) him get in the back.

  • grgeblck

    Isn’t he still starting?!?

  • BugEyes

    No Kenny the jet smith is starting, and why would they sign Howard when they got hakeem , smh. all jokes aside I thought paterick Beverly was going to be starter, cause of lin trade rumors

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    not even atheists can hate on that. unless of course they’re stupid atheists.

  • D_Nuggets

    I am an atheist and I agree. You take the “God” out of it and it’s still true. At the end of the day you’ve gotta be able to look at yourself in the mirror.

  • i_ball

    I was waiting for that while scrolling down

  • shockexchange

    Do you think Lin has helped sell enough apparel or win enough games to justify the contract Houston gave him?

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  • Interdico Scriptor

    And how do SLAM staffers feel? What about the entire pop. of NYC?
    As Carlton Ridenhour puts it Don’t… don’t … teeeer te-cheh DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE ooh ooh aaaah.

  • Jason Carter

    Lin SUX

  • http://reverbnation.com/ends1 ENDS

    there’s a lot of people in Asia. just saying

  • Mrdjhiphop23

    Well China is the 2nd leading nation for the NBA. There are approximately 1.34 billion people living there and about 10% of those probably watch basketball so thats 100.34 million people on top of that 10% are lin fans simply because he’s asian.

    So, that’s 10 million lin fan simply in China alone. Now, I don’t know how much the jerseys are over there but his $25 million contract doesn’t sound so big anymore.

    Of, course this is all guessing and estimates but surely the rockets are not doing bad with all the signings they recently are making.

  • shockexchange

    Is that a “yes” or a “no”?

  • JackPackage

    Shame that he’s a terrible fit next to James Harden.

    The thing with Lin is, that he’s not good enough to justify the amount of on the ball time (pause) that he needs in order to be effective.

    For him to be a good, quality starter, he needs to have an entire offense built around him, and he’s just not that good of a player to justify that…

    Spot starter on a bad team or a good back-up PG on a decent team.

    He seems like a good guy and he’s basically a licence to print money, so it’s not all bad.