Jeremy Lin is back!
Kind of, at least. And he will be everywhere.
The Brooklyn Nets guard who’s been sacked by one unfortunate injury after another, has been in Vancouver rehabbing from a ruptured patellar tendon suffered on Opening Night back in October. It will be Lin’s first appearance since he left in November and his schedule will be full.
This Saturday, with the Nets playing on Friday night and Sunday at noon, Lin is collaborating with PGC Basketball to host a basketball clinic for high school players at the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) headquarters, located at 1133 6th Avenue between 43rd and 44th Street. It’s the same court that Spencer Dinwiddie held his clinic this past Sunday,
The basketball clinic will host boys and girls ages 13-17 for one full day of instruction, drills, and leadership training. Lin will assist PGC in teaching participants both on the court and in the classroom.
The clinic will begin at 2 p.m. and run through 8:30 p.m. It will be the first time fans and the media will be able to gauge the progress of Lin’s recovery. He’s been working out at Fortius Sports & Health in suburban Vancouver.
Lin will also host a lucky Chinese fan this weekend at Barclays Center. NBA China is sponsoring an all-expenses paid trip to Brooklyn for the fan. He’ll meet Lin next Monday and watch the Nets face the Houston Rockets the next day.
So it will be all-Lin, all the time, starting next weekend.
In other Lin-related news, Sports Illustrated has begun following the 6’3” point guard on his road to recovery with their new ‘Life of Lin’ series.
In the series’ first episode, Lin discusses his desire to play for a team that would use him properly, which is where Brooklyn, and namely, Kenny Atkinson, came into play. He also spoke to Jared Zwerling of SI about his extensive struggles with injuries since becoming a Net, and his cultural impact.
Lin details what it was like when he went down and his first thought ... “Why now? I felt like I was at a place mentally and physically in my game where I was poised to break out.”
The league’s only Asian-American player admits to having “self-doubt,” but that his family and fans have helped him get through it. He specifically pointed to fans’ get well messages, which he said had “blown me away” and that he was also happy that he had brought them together. And he added, Kenyon Martin, with whom he had a contentious relation, was among the NBA family that got in touch.
As for his rehab, Lin noted that he first has to learn to walk, then jog, then run, then cut. He also noted that his model is Steve Nash, who won both his MVP trophies after he turned 30, a milestone Lin will reach next August. Nash, he has noted, has a connection to Fortius.
He says he expects to be back for the beginning of next season. “Next October, that will be my New Year,” he said with a smile.
Lin has also spoke about his rehab process, via the popular Lin-fan Twitter account, @linfinity88:
@JLin7 (IG): #NeverDone - you heard my old man!! #igothyped #headbuttthecamera https://t.co/6iybQE7Wzo— infinity88 (@linfinity88) January 22, 2018
"One thing my head coach Kenny Atkinson loves telling me is Be Comfortable Being Uncomfortable." #MondayMotivaton #RoadToRecovery #LifeInVancouver #WeGoHard pic.twitter.com/yJPQa8LhHg
It doesn’t end there either. Lin will also have a 10-minute documentary titled: “Jeremy Lin: Roots” air on NBA China TV and on digital platforms later this month as part of their Chinese New Year special programming.
And both Lin and Caris LeVert are appearing in the NBA’s Chinese New Year greetings to their Taiwan fans...
LeVert, you may recall, accompanied Lin on part of his Asia tour last summer.