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A confident Jeremy Lin says it’s all good in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Nets

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson isn’t the only Brooklyn Net who is adjusting to his new shooting form.

Before last season, Jeremy Lin began making a commitment to altering the way he shoots ... to a new form he tried to utilize in games throughout his 2016-16 season with the playoff bound Charlotte Hornets.

Lin admits that the struggle of changing the way he shoots, for the first time in a decade or so at that, was a rough, and even irritating on occasion, but he seems to have found the stroke ahead of his first season in Brooklyn, a season that’s highly anticipated from the Lin faithful.

"Last year I wasn’t as comfortable with it (the new form) and then after another summer I made a couple more tweaks, now it’s differently the most fluid motion," Lin says of his refined tool. "The biggest difference is when you shoot from deep. When you look at the way Steph (Curry) shoots, he shoots from half-court and it looks the same, he has that ability...I feel like I’m trending in that direction, but at the end of the day it’s on me to make shots in the game."

So he shoots and shoots and shoots.

Last year in his lone campaign as a Hornet, Lin predominantly came off the bench as the team’s sixth man in what proved to be an effective role for the Harvard-grad. While he averaged 11.7 points, which is coincidentally his career average, and 3.0 assists per game during his 78 appearances, per 36 minutes he posted 16.1 points per contest, good for the second highest total of his career.

The highest? 19.6 points per 36 in the year of Linsanity, across the bridge of course.

Lin, of course, is aiming to surpass this if it elevates this squad, and it seems that the transition from old jumper to new jumper is just about complete.

"This specific shot I’ve had since like my sophomore year of high school, you’re talking about ten years of muscle memory and that’s why last season there was definitely a dip," Lin said. "There are times where I get in the game and I would revert to my old shot, then I’d go to my new shot, then I’d be somewhere in between. Last year was so frustrating shooting wise – after the game I’d say ‘man, I don’t even know what form I’m using right now.’"

"But this year all the way through, training camp and everything it felt great," he continued. "I’m a lot more aware of it and it’s becoming a lot more natural. I know the work I’ve put in – I’m just confident in my shot. I’m more confident in my shot today or now than I’ve probably ever been, I’m hoping that carries through."

As the team’s definite starting point guard, Lin’s is well aware of the responsibilities that come with being the team’s floor general. He has six years in the NBA to his credit and only around 50% of his games (49.6 to be exact) have begun with him in the starting line-up.

Brooklyn’s lucky number seven’s primary goal for the time being is trying to assist in getting all the parts functioning as a team. Being that we’re right at the beginning of October, teams are a long way away from whatever their peak chemistry will be this season.

"My biggest thing personally right now is trying to figure out the guys, who I’m going to be playing with, and how they like to play," he said. "The other thing I’m trying to figure out is the difference between being a starter and coming off the bench where my job is more to run the team now. It’s more brain then really technique right now in terms of really learning and picking up things you see from teammates."

Although he’s had some previous success coming off the bench, Lin undoubtedly suggests that knowing he’s not only the starting point guard but starting in general will do nothing but help get the best out of him.

"The biggest thing as a starter is you kind of know what you’re going to get, where as a bench player you don’t know," Lin said. "Going back to when I was with the Knicks, college, whatever, you’d play me in the second half or fourth quarter, that’s usually when I’d take it up another notch in terms of play in crunch situations – stuff like that. I’m a big time rhythm, confidence, and comfort player so when I’m comfortable and confident, and I know what I’m getting myself into I tend to play better."

One has to figure that with Lin starting without question, Kenny Atkinson leading the way, it’s entirely possible, and even likely that Jeremy Lin will be a different —and hopefully— a better player.