As Jeremy Lin prepares to take a starting role in the 2016-17 season, he looked back at the NBA players who made lasting impacts on his basketball career. The Brooklyn Nets point guard revealed that his former teammates Kemba Walker, Marvin Williams, Landry Fields and Jared Jeffries are among the NBA stars who influenced him.
New York Knicks Teammates
In a Nets training camp interview broadcasted on Facebook Live, Lin was asked if there is any NBA player he has played with who influenced him. The 28-year-old Harvard graduate said there are many NBA stars who made an impact on his career and among them are Fields and Jeffries, his Knicks teammates in the 2011-12 season.
Lin shared that Fields was the first person he was able to connect with during his stay with the Knicks. He stressed that his close friendship with Fields helped him get through his journey in the franchise.
The Asian-American NBA player also disclosed that Jeffries taught him what it means to be a professional. He stressed that the now-retired NBA star showed him how to balance work and fun.
Charlotte Hornets Teammates
Lin also named Walker and Williams, his teammates with the Hornets, as two of the NBA players who influenced him. He narrated that Walker taught him how to be a good leader of a team. He added that he admires the Hornets point guard for his humble demeanor off the court and for being an absolute killer when the game starts.
The Ivy League player also stated that Williams is just like Jeffries. He explained that the Hornets forward is one of the best teammates he ever had.
Lin's New Journey
Lin, who signed a three-year $38 million deal with the Nets during the free agency period, will take the lead role for the first time as a starting point guard in the upcoming season. The NBA star propelled to global fame via Linsanity with the Knicks and turned a full-season starting point guard with the Houston Rockets, but he was never been entrusted as the leader.
Lin recently revealed to ESPN that he always wanted to be a leader. He said that he will have a pretty good chance to prove himself in the upcoming season as he was never been given the opportunity to lead in the past.
Doc Scheppler, Lin's longtime shooting coach, shared to Nathan Gottlieb of Brook-Lin.com that his protégé is competent enough to level up into the All-Star status in the upcoming season. He projected the NBA star to average 18 points and 7.6 assists per game.