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Jeremy Lin Says ‘Starting’ Isn’t A High Priority In L.A.

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Last season didn’t end the way Jeremy Lin wanted it to. Lin ended up on the bench in favor of Patrick Beverley and the Houston Rockets were bounced in the first round by the Portland Trail Blazers after Damian Lillard’s incredible game-winner in Game 6.

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Fortunately, Lin has been given an opportunity to turn things around as a result of being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Along with returning to his home state, Lin will have a legitimate shot to be the starting point guard next season. Lin talked about the possibility of becoming the starter in Los Angeles after his wax figure unveiling at Madame Tussauds in San Francisco on Thursday:

“There’s a possibility, but again I think one of the things that I have learned in Houston is not necessarily that,” Lin told Lakers Nation. “Watching the way the Spurs did, and watching what Ginobili did, I just think starting is great but that’s a lot lower on my priority list now that I’ve been through it.”

With an often injured Steve Nash and rookie Jordan Clarkson being the only other point guards on the roster, the obvious choice for head coach Byron Scott is to start Lin. Nash could ultimately get the nod to get the season underway, but Lin will likely emerge as the better option if the 40-year-old continues to deal with injury problems.

As for Clarkson, Scott has said that he intends to use the rookie as a combo guard. Clarkson has shown an ability to play both positions while becoming an offensive force in the backcourt.

Last season, Lin averaged 12.5 points and 4.1 assists per game with the Rockets. Lin’s shooting percent was much improved at 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 82.3 from the charity stripe.

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  • Ray-Marcus

    He better be willing to play D

    • jj

      He always play D

      • Ray-Marcus

        Well….fingers crossed for that as Knicks fans, Houston fans and Patrick Beverly will attest to his “getting lost” on D. But I’m excited for him…high IQ and good in p/r

    • dave

      Lin always hustles and plays hard on D…he’s actually a pretty good off the ball/passing lanes defender…his weakness isn’t from a lack of trying…it mainly stems from the fact that he’s not that quick laterallly…so when he defends quick and crafty point guards, they easily blow by him.

      • nayR

        Fact? Get your facts straight. JLin is one of the quicker PGs out there.

        • dave

          Fact? I get my assessment from watching a lot of games that Lin plays in and having an understanding of the game. Look, I think Lin is a good player but you have to be completely naive to the fact that any player doesn’t have any weaknesses. Yes, he’s one of the quickest north to south players on offense, especially when driving to the rim. Laterally, he’s not that quick on defense. They’re two completely different things.

  • hookedonnews

    Why is Lin the “obvious” choice? I agree with Lin that starting, especially on the Lakers as a PG, might not be that important. If healthy, Nash is the better PG. I don’t know how Scott will decide to go. He has even mentioned playing them together with Kobe at SF. Lin is going to play plenty of minutes whether he starts or comes off the bench. If he starts he better be working on his outside shot. He’ll need it playing with Kobe.

    • joshhh

      u must be smoking some good shit the guy’s 40 u expect to start against the big boy pg’s westbrook,paul,lillard,parker,curry,dragic,rose etc.. of the league they’ll be running circles around him haha at least lin is young and athletic enough to defend those guys im not saying lin’s a good defender but hey u cant be worse than nash no one can. anybody who says nash should start even if healthy is a retard who doesn’t know anything about bball

      • hookedonnews

        How many Lakers games have you watched in the last 2 seasons? When Nash was healthy (and he played 50 games in 2012/2013) he played against all those guys and had no problems. Maybe you should check out the Lakers/GS game on YouTube where Nash made the winning shot over Steph Curry or the Christmas game against the Knicks. No one can keep players like Westbrook or Parker, etc. out of the paint. That’s why they put LeBron on Parker in the Finals. Maybe you should also check out the game in Philadelphia when Nash turned 40 and was schooling Evan Turner and their other young PG. You are doing nothing more than repeating stuff you’ve read. I advise you to watch a game occasionally. Nash has managed to put together a Hall of Fame career and 2 MVPs, and he’s never been a lock-down defender or the fastest guy in the league. There’s a lot more to being a starter than who you defend (and Nash won’t necessarily be guarding the other PG). There’s also the ability to manage a game, passing ability, court vision, and outside shooting. Anyone who knows anything about the NBA knows who’s better in those categories. It really doesn’t matter who starts because there’s no argument about who’s the better player. The only argument is who’s better to play with Kobe or who’s better to lead the 2nd team. If Lin is lucky he won’t be starting because he needs the ball in his hands to succeed. That’s not going to happen as often if he’s playing with Kobe.

      • Al Haldie

        Every body is a coach – even guys that know nothing about the LAKERS – or BB.

    • Seriously?

      Scott did mention in an interview that playing Nash and Lin at the same time with Kobe at SF is an option he is considering.

  • numb1lakefan

    starters
    lin
    kobe
    beasley
    boozer
    hill
    second unit
    clarkson
    young
    johnson
    randle
    Davis
    bench
    nash
    henry
    kelly
    sacre

    • 1mtoldman

      uh i think u can only carry 13 active players is that right? 15 on roster 13 on bench? and beasley at this point is just wishful thinking but otherwise i like it.

      • numb1lakefan

        glad my fellow lakers fans like it ive done my scouting all summer and thats what i came up with…that line up will compete with any nba roster even lebrons cavs

        • Austin

          You put Beasley at small forward. You want Michael Beasley to guard LeBron, Durant, ‘Melo, etc? The worst defender on your list isn’t Steve Nash, it’s Michael Beasley.

          • numb1lakefan

            yes beasley the same guy who showed lebron how to play against the spurs in the final minutes of the finals (watch the highlights) you put him at sf and he has weapons all around him lin,kobe,boozer,hill who all can defend,create offense,push tempo,more importantly these guys are known to talk and communicate on both ends of the floor

          • 1mtoldman

            well u list 14 players counting beasley and you could have 15 on roster but as far as i know you can only have either 12 or 13 actually on bench for a game. im not sure which. i still havent found answer to that. i think it used to be only 12 but now it may be 13.

  • Jordan Clarkson Fans United

    I wonder what is up with Jordan Clarkson?I wish the Lakers would trade Jeremy Lin and sign Jordan Clarkson and start him from day one.Steve Nash is old and washed so screw whoever thinks he is still good it’s false hope.If someone thinks they are not better than a washed up old broken down 40 year old Steve Nash then they sure don’t belong on the Lakers and they don’t belong in the NBA.Bye bye Jeremy Lin you failed by saying you are a bench player and Nash is better.Stay in China basketball not in the NBA.

    • Annecy Change

      Excuse me. No one is going to put a rookie for starter. JC is not better then Lin and Don’t talk trash about the 2 time MVP Steve Nash if you know nothing about. True Laker Fan know that. The way JLin said going be bench player means he willing to work his way up. Just like any other nba player. They have to earn the starter position. JLin prove that he going to make something happen off the bench or on starter.

    • bob saget

      lol. the ignorant racist comment at the end had me rolling. he never played a day in the China basketball league, how is he suppose to stay there exactly?

    • nba101

      Aren’t you being a little racist? Think about Lakers trade CAP.. there isn’t any PG willing to get their salary cut down.. Lin is willing so what’s your problem? Do you even know about Caps?
      Isn’t Kobe starting to become washed out too? As far as I’m concerned Kobe missed a lot of the games last season…

    • Al Haldie

      I feel sorry for people that write things that they have no idea of what they are saying.
      and by the way J LIN is an AMERICAN -can you say the same thing…

      • 1mtoldman

        hmm evidently jordan clarkson fan doesn’t know that clarkson is half philippine or he would be asking him to go back to philippine basketball too.

      • LakersLifer

        Agree. This is L.A., not Missouri. WE WILL NOT PUT UP WITH ignorant racist assholes here. GET THE F*** OUT!

    • jj

      You’re a filipino ,right?

      • jj

        Clarkson will be disappear from NBA soon. Who knows?

    • busherbee

      ignorant racist says what?

    • Ken Temporaneous

      This guy has fans?

      • webattorney

        you have a brain?

        • Ken Temporaneous

          You have integrity?

    • Austin

      “I wonder what is up with Jordan Clarkson?I wish the Lakers would trade Jeremy Lin and sign Jordan Clarkson and start him from day one. Kobe Bryant is old and washed so screw whoever thinks he is still good it’s false hope.If someone thinks they are not better than a washed up old broken down 36 year old Kobe Bryant then they sure don’t belong on the Lakers and they don’t belong in the NBA.Bye bye Jeremy Lin you failed by saying you are a bench player and Nash is better.Stay in China basketball not in the NBA.”

      Fixed*

    • CLIPPERSRUNLA

      I actually agree wit u on the 100

  • numb1lakefan

    lin really wants to play along side swaggy p more than anything together they will make staples erupt im tellin you

    • Al Haldie

      Where did you see that ????

  • Kevin

    How classy of him to say that he doesn’t care about starting. If I were Byron Scott, I would pick him. He has the most upside out of the three point guard because Lin is the most talented out of three players at the age of 26. Steve Nash is injury-prone and well over his prime and Jordan Clarkson is unproven and predicted at best to be a quality role-player, so Jeremy Lin is the best option. He still has a lot of potential and talent in him; he just needs to be properly utilized and I hope Byron Scott realizes that Jeremy Lin should start and get the most minutes.

    • CLIPPERSRUNLA

      yeah he’s a real class act. LOL

      • Kevin

        like you are such a classy person, I think haters like you should stop trolling and stay on the clippers page
        @clippersrunla:disqus

  • kobe_824

    Starters
    Nash
    Kobe
    Wesley
    Boozer Hill

    Bench
    Lin
    Swaggy
    Henry
    Randle
    Davis

  • CLIPPERSRUNLA

    This nitwit went to Harvard and talks like this?? Wow, you would think the kid could speak proper English. Look at what he’s quoted as saying:

    “There’s a possibility, but again I think one of the things that I have learned in Houston is not necessarily that,” Lin told Lakers Nation. “Watching the way the Spurs did, and watching what Ginobili did, I just think starting is great but that’s a lot lower on my priority list now that I’ve been through it.”

    Harvard? Really? LOL

    • justaKBfan

      So what? You prefer him to speak like a pompous prick? This nitwit got a 2300 on the SAT. What you get?

      • CLIPPERSRUNLA

        Sounds like he speaks broken English. I expect better from a Harvard grad.

        • webattorney

          No one is perfect, including Lin and you. Let it go. Attending Harvard does not mean he is well spoken. But he has a good head on his shoulder.

          • CLIPPERSRUNLA

            Wonder how he graduated from Harvard?? If this is really how he talks, I suspect that he was not held to rigorous Harvard academic standards. He’s an embarrassment to the school.

          • MomentousPetey

            You’re an embarrassment to douche bags.

          • CLIPPERSRUNLA

            Lol

    • busherbee

      you did NOT go to Harvard NOR play in the NBA. the end.

      • CLIPPERSRUNLA

        I went to a fine university and I can speak proper English. LOL

        • TheZuluNation

          Fine university eh? What is this fine university you speak of? ICDC College doesn’t count BTW.

          • CLIPPERSRUNLA

            LOL

        • CLIPPERS_RUIN_LA

          Did they teach you to go to the another team’s fan site and irritate them? You totally excel! You and Zach, of course.

    • CLIPPERS_RUIN_LA

      So you are calling a Harvard grad a “scatterbrained or stupid person?” Cause that’s what nitwit means. BTW, you say “Clippers run LA” but your team hasn’t won any NBA championships since being founded in 1970. Whose the nitwit now?

      • Ba Deng

        LOL! Things only started to pick up with the Clips when they got CP3 –after Stern blocked the trade that would have sent him to the Lakers. Now they are like, “yeah, it’s Clippers Town! Clips Rule LA!” and shit like that. It’s like a bum winning $1M in the lottery and then thinking he is equal to or richer than Bill Gates.

        • CLIPPERSRUNLA

          Lakerfan whining about the CP3 trade. LOL. Hey you can also blame Mike D’Antoni and ESPN

          • Ba Deng

            it’s not whining, it’s called laughing.

      • CLIPPERSRUNLA

        Why come to a Lakers board to talk about the Clippers?? Troll.

        • TheZuluNation

          The irony…

        • CLIPPERS_RUIN_LA

          yeah, not to mention the stupidity of talking this way with that stupid clippers logo on the avatar

      • CLIPPERSRUNLA

        Pretty much calling him a dumbshit. Yes.

    • William

      How do you want him to speak? Should it be something like:
      “To start, or not to start, that is the question—Whether ’tis Nobler in the mind to suffer
      The Slings and Arrows of outrageous Fortune,
      Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles,
      And by opposing, end them?”

      • hehatesme

        That was hilarious!

      • Okaaay

        You, sir, are a gentleman and a scholar. Best comment!

      • CLIPPERSRUNLA

        LOL

    • Ken Temporaneous

      Perhaps he was misquoted – eh, fool?

      • CLIPPERSRUNLA

        It wouldn’t be the 1st time LN has gotten a story wrong. LoL

    • Okaaay

      You’re really just trolling for replies if your knock on Jeremy Lin is how he responds to a question. It’s not a big deal.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    BREAKING NEWS:Team USA Cuts Damian Lillard, Chandler Parsons, Gordon Hayward, Kyle Korver For World Cup Roster

    Aug 23, 2014 1:18 AM EDT

    The USA Basketball National Team announced the 12 players who will represent the United States at the 2014 FIBA (International Basketball Federation) Basketball World Cup that is being held Aug. 30-Sept. 14 in Spain.

    Named as members of the official 2014 USA Basketball World Cup Team were: DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Rudy Gay (Sacramento Kings); James Harden (Houston Rockets); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors).

    Damian Lillard, Chandler Parsons, Kyle Korver and Gordon Hayward were left off the World Cup roster.

    “Since taking over the USA Basketball Men’s National Team program in 2005, this was without doubt the most difficult selection process we’ve gone through,” Jerry Colangelo said in a statement. “I can’t stress enough the outstanding effort and commitment that has been given by each finalist. I also want to make it clear that this is not just about talent — each player is incredibly talented and each player offered us unique skills. In the end it was about assembling the best team, selecting guys who we felt would be able to best play the kind of style we envision this team playing.”

    “The first thing is we are very pleased with the overall effort of every player who was a part of the process,” said Mike Krzyzewski, USA head coach and Duke University’s Naismith Hall of Fame mentor. “To select twelve was difficult, because our pool is so good. As we go forward, we not only go forward as twelve, we go forward as a pool for USA Basketball. As a staff we want to thank the players who are not going forward.

    “I’m excited about the 12 players selected and feel we have excellent versatility and the makings of a really good defensive team.”

    Via RealGM Staff Report

    • Ken Temporaneous

      Could they have more players with a lack of character… This team will need a nanny not a coach.

      • 1mtoldman

        they only have to play a few games. its not like they will need to be babysit for a whole nba season.

  • busherbee

    you can’t BE great unless you WANT to be great.

    • Tina Moran

      But you can’t be great just because you WANT to be great. You’ve got to put hard work into that, too. IMHO.

      • busherbee

        True too.

  • TheZuluNation

    Lin knows he wants to start and he will start. Who else do we have that is capable of starting?

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