Pablo Torre of Sports Illustrated has the first one-on-one with Jeremy Lin. From it. we learn that Lin’s top choice was New York, he was told not to rush back for the playoffs. I’m going to post some tidbits from the article, but be sure to read it in full here.
- “Honestly, I preferred New York,” Lin says. “But my main goal in free agency was to go to a team that had plans for me and wanted me.”
- At a meeting in LA, Woodson told Lin, “You’re going to be a starter, you’re going to be a big part of the team.” Lin says. “I came away really excited.”
- “Felton’s signing was the first time when I thought, ‘Oh, wow, I might not be a Knick.’” – Lin. The next time he heard from an executive in the organization, it was to tell him the Knicks were letting him go.
- “Every single vet on our team that has been in the league longer than five years pulled me aside and told me that I shouldn’t play,” Lin says.
- “People think it was easy for me to sit there and watch us lose, like I had nothing to do with the season,” Lin says. “I was dying to play.
- “I have plans for you in the future,” Lin recalls the owner saying. “This is a long-term investment. Don’t rush back.”