Apparently, Jeremy Lin bought into his own hype.
According to Lauren Leigh Noske of The Gospel Herald, Lin told 20,000 attendees at the "Dream Big, Be Yourself" event in Taiwan that he became consumed with the impossible task of continuing "Linsanity" after leaving the New York Knicks:
I was ready to invigorate the entire city of Houston...I was supposed to save Houston basketball.
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.
As much as it sounds like it, Lin isn't depressed about what happened in his first year with the Houston Rockets. He seems to be in a much better place now. In fact, just to be safe, take his melodrama with a grain of salt; he was using the story to make a point about his faith.
A little creative license goes a long way with that sort of thing.
If we want to make a realistic criticism of Lin's comments, it's only fair to point out that nobody in his right mind ever imagined Lin was going to be any sort of savior for the Rockets. Lin is either delusional or exceptionally impressionable if he actually believed that he was expected to be a legitimate franchise cornerstone.
Even his staunchest defenders (and there are some very staunch Lin defenders) would admit that even if Lin was a very good player for the Rockets, he'd never recapture the lightning-in-a-bottle phenomenon that was Linsanity. If Lin genuinely believed that he was expected to "save Houston basketball," he was utterly alone in that belief.
At any rate, Lin told the assembled masses that he's much happier now that he has given up the idea of being the same player he was with the Knicks.
That's good news for Lin—who'll hopefully play better without so much self-imposed pressure—and good news for the Rockets.
And who knows, maybe by letting go of unrealistic expectations Lin will actually get closer to his maximum potential.
It's not like the Rockets needed another big acquisition this summer. But if Lin returns to training camp with a clear head, the team might suddenly find itself with a new and improved version of its starting point guard.
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