Taipei, Taiwan (4E Sports) – Rockets guard Jeremy Lin’s felt that Houston coaches lost confidence in him last season due to his inconsistent play and his obsession for new found fame.
He gave the candid assessment while speaking before a crowd of approximately 20,000 at a youth conference in Taipei.
Lin said he was so obsessed with fulfilling the role of a phenomenon that took the NBA by storm known as ‘Linsanity’ that coaches started losing faith and fans were making fun of him.
” I was supposed to be joyful and free, but what I experienced was the opposite. I had no joy, and I felt no freedom,” said Lin.
Following a breakout 2011-12 campaign with the New York Knicks, he signed a three-year, $25 million deal to join the Rockets.
Lin said he was ready to invigorate the entire city of Houston and save Houston basketball.
But Lin struggled, averaging 13.4 points and 6.1 assists a game, and battled injuries that forced him to miss two games in Houston’s playoff-round loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Lin, a devout Christian, told the crowd that he has leaned on his faith in order to reassess his basketball career and his future.
“The one thing I learned was how empty fame and worldly success really are. … The desire for success never stopped,” Lin said. “If the voice that you listen to the most isn’t God’s voice, then eventually you will experience that emptiness, confusion and misery that I felt when I listened to the voice of Linsanity.”