Despite being the most proven ball-handler on the team outside of Kobe Bryant, who was mostly awful for much of the year before a shoulder injury shut him down for good, and despite being one of the only useful guards on the roster, Lin managed to average just under 26 minutes per game. That’s after averaging close to 29 minutes per game for the Houston Rockets in the previous season.
Lin did not perform up to par in the starting lineup and had a clear difference of opinion with Scott about how the game should be played. Given their issues throughout the past season, the point guard will likely sign with another team as an unrestricted free agent this summer.
In the mean time, check out what Lin has been up to since his season officially ended and how he went into “lazy” mode. In his own words:
New blog post on my thoughts about the off-season http://t.co/8Zu2EnDqfF
— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) June 2, 2015
I took 3.5 weeks off before I started my offseason training regimen. As we progress, I’ll keep you guys updated on the different techniques and goals we have for this off-season. In the meantime, I wanted to take this time to just say a sincere thank you to everyone who supported me and the Lakers this season. It wasn’t an easy season for the players, coaches or fans, but you guys always stick by my side and I won’t ever forget that!
As for me mentally, I felt pretty burnt out coming out of this past season. I felt like I gave great effort to play well, play the right way, and maintain the right perspective despite seeing very little fruit. So when the season first ended I felt very…lazy. I know it’s natural to feel worn out after a long year, but I was surprised by how drained I felt and how little excitement I felt to start my off-season training.
Being a “celebrity” or “athlete” means that we are often put on a pedestal by society. An inevitable by-product is that people sometimes forget we go through the same emotions as any other human. What everyone sees is the camera, the lights, the fame, and the games, but the behind-the-scenes emotions are often not captured or highlighted.
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Jim Park is a blogger and editor of Sheridan Hoops. Follow him on twitter @SheridanBlog.