El Segundo, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Jeremy Lin said he is not looking to relive the banner season he had with the New York Knicks when he starts playing for the Los Angeles Lakers.
“I’m not trying to recreate a ‘Linsanity,’ I’m not trying to be that phenomenon that happened in New York. I think I just want to be myself more than ever,” said Lin in his introductory news conference with the Lakers.
He said there was a lot of pressure in his first year with the Houston Rockets as he tried to live up to expectations only to lose his starting spot last season.
But he had come to embrace any role now that he no longer felt the need to live up to others’ expectations.
“I think the one thing I really learned this past year is just starter or not starter, I just have to play the way I’m capable of playing and to play my style and my brand of basketball,” he quipped.
Lin, 25, shot career bests this past season from the field (44.6 percent), from 3-point range (35.8 percent) and from the free throw line (82.3 percent). He also limited his turnovers to just 2.5 per game after averaging 3.6 with the Knicks.
He could step right in as the Lakers’ starting point guard since 40-year-old Steve Nash was bothered by persistent nerve root irritation in his back and hamstring woes last season.