Do you even remember Jeremy Lin? Quick reminder: He plays point guard, and he went to Harvard, and he’s the NBA’s first American-born player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent. It wasn’t too long ago that Jeremy Lin was the answer to all the Knicks’ problems. Even more recently, he was the face of a Rockets franchise that was still digging its way out of the Western Conference basement. Now? Suffice to say, no one considers the Rockets a Finals contender because they have Jeremy Lin.
The massive expectations that Lin created for himself — and his inability to live up to those expectations — have taken a toll on him. At the “Dream Big, Be Yourself” youth conference in Taipei, Lin had a number of very sad things to say about Linsanity and the aftermath:
“I became so obsessed with becoming a great basketball player … trying to be Linsanity, being this phenomenon that took the NBA by storm.”
“The coaches were losing faith in me, basketball fans were making fun of me.”
“I was supposed to be joyful and free, but what I experienced was the opposite – I had no joy, and I felt no freedom.”
“I was ready to invigorate the entire city of Houston … I was supposed to save Houston basketball.”
“If the voice that you listen to the most isn’t God’s voice, then eventually you will experience that emptiness, confusion, and misery that I felt when I listened to the voice of ‘Linsanity.'”
You had to expect a bit of a letdown after Lin was revealed to be a little more than a starting-caliber point guard, rather than offensive dynamo, but you rarely hear this kind of brutal honesty from a guy still in the league. Lin is a very religious person, so the rest of his testimony deals with letting God be the guiding voice in your life. You can watch it here (Lin’s part starts at the 1:06:22 mark):
As a Knicks fan, I’ve always liked Jeremy Lin (and hated James Dolan). Here’s hoping he find comfort in his big-ass contract (note: obviously, he won’t) and finally playing for a team without dysfunctional… oh, right. Well, at least he’s still got James Harden.