Jeremy Lin has had a unique NBA career. He came out of Harvard as a undrafted rookie and made a name for himself in the NBA Summer League. He was picked up by the Golden State Warriors. Lin had an up and down season with the Warriors that saw multiple stints in the D-League despite being one of the most talked about players on the team.
Lin would end up in New York and earn a chance to showcase his ability under Mike D’Antoni’s Knicks. Lin would completely outplay his expectations and sparked Linsanity helping the Knicks win the first seven games Lin started (and inspire a book written by a collection of Knicks bloggers). Lin recently traveled to China and discussed the difference between D’Antoni and his current head coach, Kevin McHale.
“They come from different backgrounds. I think Kevin McHale was a hall of fame basketball player — post player. Different philosophies, McHale is a hard nosed defensive coach. Coach D’Antoni definitely cares about defense as well, it’s just the offensive system is different. His style is more spread pick-and-role, four-out, one in — so different styles.”
D’Antoni hasn’t been the most popular coach in Los Angeles, but he has proven, at the very least, that he knows how to get the most out of his point guard. Considering we’ve already seen what D’Antoni has been able to do with Steve Nash, it’ll be interesting to see if he can form Jordan Farmar into the point guard everyone was expecting when he came out of UCLA.
You can watch the Jeremy Lin interview below.
(h/t Opposing Views)
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