Jeremy Lin Exit Interview 2014-15
Jeremy Lin averaged 11.2 points, 4.6 assists and 1.1 steals, while shooting 42.4 percent from the field and 36.9 percent on 3-pointers in 74 games before missing the Lakers’ final four games due to a sore left knee.
Below are highlights from his exit interview:
Lin on what was said in his meeting with Byron Scott and Mitch Kupchak: “I had a rough start in terms of adjusting to the new system and finding out exactly what Coach Scott wanted. … As time went on, it just felt like good progression.”
On what allowed him to turn his season around toward the end: “We started changing things up with guys going down.” Lin said that Scott changed up the offense, which better fit his style. “That’s what I’m most comfortable in. That’s what allowed me to flourish.”
On how he and Scott have found a middle ground in terms of running the offense: “It’s never going to be perfect, and I’m definitely encouraged and very optimistic about the progress that has been made .. It’s more about the progression of where we’re heading and not about catering it toward me.”
On his status as an unrestricted free agent: “I know how fast things change in this league. There were times when I thought I would never be a part of this league.” Lin added that returning to the Lakers is a possibility: “I’m not ruling anything out, and I don’t know where I’m going to be next year.”
On his knee: “Knee’s good to go. We’re going through the process. I started running and cutting today. I just want to play a little one-on-one. I’m pretty much there.”
On what Scott and Kupchak want him to work on: “Coach Scott was talking about putting on different hats in terms of who I am.” Lin also added that Scott wants to see him progress more as a facilitator. “Mitch talked about getting in the paint and picking up my dribble, which is true as well.”
On how his relationship with Scott developed through the season: “I think our respect for each other grew as the season went on. I played through some things that I probably shouldn’t have played through. … His respect for me and my respect for him has grown throughout the season.”
On how he is often viewed by others: “That’s my next challenge. I really haven’t played that many games in this league. I’m still growing as a player and sometimes people forget that. I’m still relatively young. A year and a half of no playing at all. I’ve really only played three and a half years. This is my first year in a different system. (I’ve seen a lot now, but) now I want to evolve my game to someone that’s not contingent on anything other than me impacting the game. It’s an exciting challenge and I’m looking forward to it."
On playing with Kobe Bryant: "My biggest takeaway from Kobe is the mental side of things.” Lin later gave anecdote: “I remember there was one game when he was really struggling in the first half, and at halftime he was laying there with a towel on his head. … Later he texted me (that) ‘I was just laying there getting into the mindset.’”
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