"We're making the playoffs," he said in an Instagram video posted from Taiwan, per Kyle Boone of CBS Sports. "I don't care what anybody else tells me."
The Nets went 20-62 last season but have had a solid offseason, adding D'Angelo Russell, Timofey Mozgov, DeMarre Carroll and rookie Jarrett Allen. And with Caris LeVert and Isaiah Whitehead expected to make strides after promising rookie seasons, the Nets have some reason for optimism.
General manager Sean Marks continues to make the most of a bad situation in the wake of the horrendous 2013 trade with the Boston Celtics that cost the team its first-round picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018 and first-round swap rights for this Celtics in this past draft.
But despite the solid moves he's made—and despite the state of the Eastern Conference, which has seen its talent pool diluted even further this offseason after stars Paul George, Jimmy Butler and Paul Millsap migrated to the Western Conference—the Nets are a long shot to make the postseason.
There will be other questions for the team to address beyond a lack of top-end talent, such as the fit between Lin and Russell, both point guards. Lin doesn't envision any issues, however.
"I'm going to be at the 1, and then he'll be at the—well, I'm not really sure to be honest. I'm pretty sure he would start at the 2," Lin noted. "But it will be pretty interchangeable. When one of us is out of the game, the other person will most likely have the ball in their hands. It will probably be a little bit combo guard-esque, kind of like me and Kemba [Walker]."
Given that Russell is now one of the building blocks for the Nets going forward, he'll receive ample playing time this season. He did play some at the 2 toward the end of last season for the Lakers, so if he is asked to play off the ball, he should be able to handle the adjustment.
If nothing else, a Lin-Russell backcourt should be fun and exciting for Nets fans to watch this season. After three consecutive losing campaigns and two straight years with 21 wins or fewer, a bit of fun will be a welcome departure.