Jeremy Lin is among the NBA players who encountered a large dose of adversity before carving a name in the league. In a recent interview, the Brooklyn Nets point guard looked back on the struggles of his NBA journey and admitted he sometimes wants to quit.
Lin's Struggles & Support System
Lin recently sat down for an interview with CCTV-5, the main sports channel in the People's Republic of China. The 28-year-old Harvard graduate revealed that he sometimes gets "depressed" and considers retirement because of the struggles that he needed to endure as an NBA player.
Lin disclosed that most of his struggles came from the Asian-American stereotypes in the league. "I kept on telling myself, if you aren't happy playing basketball, then just retire," the NBA star stated.
The point guard shared that he survived in the league because of his strong support system. He stressed that his family helped him the most to make it in the league. He disclosed that his parents have always been supportive on his NBA dreams and encouraged him to keep playing basketball.
Lin also attributed his NBA success to his discoverer and agent Roger Montgomery. He revealed that Montgomery keeps on comforting and giving him advice every time he feels frustrated about his career.
High Hopes for the 2016-17 NBA season
Lin said in the interview that he hopes to perform really well in the upcoming season to honor his fans. He also stated that his NBA journey has been tough and he is now ready to face the challenges that may arise in the future. He added that he will take it slow and stop overthinking.
The NBA star had a rough start in the league after he did not make it to the 2010 NBA draft and got only a training invitation. He played for the Summer League and later received a partially guaranteed offer from the Golden State Warriors.
Lin rose to fame after he ignited the "Linsanity" euphoria while playing for the New York Knicks in the 2011-12 season. After he left the Knicks, he struggled again to find a fitting role and transferred from one team to another.
The Ivy League player had a nice bounce-back year last season after he averaged 11.7 points, 3.0 assists and 3.2 rebounds as backup point guard of the Charlotte Hornets. After turning free agent this summer, he inked a 3-year $38.3-million contract with the Nets for a starting role. Per Spotrac, he will receive a base salary of $11,483,254 in the upcoming season.