The Nets are invested in Jeremy Lin and Jeremy Lin is invested in the Nets. He said so. They said so, but he said something else. It wasn't quite, "LinSanity is dead, Long live Brook-Lin," but it was close.
"I'm in a much, much different place mentally as a person than I was when I was with the Knicks," Lin said. "So when you talk about that platform, I want to embrace it. I am not just saying Asians. If you look at what is going on in the world and a lot of violence that is going on in the world in terms of the justice system and all of these different things that is real life. That is so much bigger than basketball. I have a voice because of basketball to be able to talk and influence [people] and do things that are related to things that are affecting people's lives and things every day. That is a very unique situation."
Asked specifically if we'll see a return to LinSanity in Brooklyn, Lin responded, "I will be myself but I don't really draw too many comparisons to Linsanity the phenomenon. I am just going to keep playing. People will always kind of compare me to that. In a lot of ways, not in a negative way or a way that I am offended but it kind of dehumanizes me to refer to me as a phenomenon. I am going to be here, keep playing my game, do the best that I can and whatever you guys want to call it, that is up to you guys."
It's not he hates the idea of what happened in those few weeks in the Garden who had New York all to his own. He gets it.
"Everything happened overnight," Lin said Wednesday at a news conference. "When [Linsanity] first started, I am not going to lie, it was cool. Then it became a burden because I didn't know what I had gotten myself into. I didn't know how big things had become. One, two, three years removed, every year I embrace it more, every year I am more appreciative, every year I love it more and that is where I am right now."
He talked, in fact, of his favorite moment in his basketball career against the Lakers when he scored 38 points after Kobe Bryant asked sarcastically before the game, "Who is this kid?
"There was a three that I hit in the corner," Lin said. "That may have been my favorite moment in my career. I just remember the fans and how loud that place got, I always described it as, I’ve never felt it before, but it felt like I was two or three inches off the ground, it felt like I was hovering, just from how loud it was. I would say that’s a really cool memory."
The Nets would like more of those memories, whatever they're called.
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- Nets, With Many New Players, Look to Build Something Lasting - Seth Berkman - New York Times
- Jeremy Lin Is Back in New York, and So Is a Glimpse of the Old Linsanity - Liz Robbins - New York Times
- Jeremy Lin’s hair-raising step to reclaiming his image - Brian Lewis - New York Post
- Nets give this former No. 1 pick one last chance at NBA glory - Anthony Bennett - New York Post
- With Lin Aboard, Suddenly Frugal Nets Tiptoe Into a Long-Term Plan - Alex Raskin - Wall Street Journal
- Lin Promises Nets Competency, Not Lin-sanity Part II - Steve Lichtenstein - CBS New York
- Jeremy Lin candid during introduction as Nets new point guard - Laura Albanese - Newsday
- Brooklyn says ‘Hello’ to the new Nets - John Torenli - Brooklyn Daily Eagle