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February 27, 2015 Updates

Jeremy Lin remembers the packet. The Houston Rockets distributed it at season's end, an ocean of personalized data slimmed down to a few pages. It showed that the point guard was one of the NBA's best at driving and making plays at the rim, but that he also struggled shooting from the left wing and 3-pointers off the dribble. "Things like that, I didn't know," Lin said. It helped shape his offseason training regimen. Lin is savvy on the subject, one he has been interested in dating back to his playing days at Harvard. He said his agent even doubles as a personal analytics assistant. "I'm not going to overreact to some numbers," Lin said. "I want to know what they are, though." The franchise catered to Lin's interests well. ESPN.com

February 24, 2015 Updates

Given those circumstances, Sunday night's overtime win against the ostensible rival Boston Celtics seemed like a pretty good time for some celebration. The victory snapped a seven-game losing streak for Los Angeles, and point guard Jeremy Lin scored a season-high 25 points to get them there. So, in his post-game interview, Lin was interrupted by Nick Young, Jordan Hill, and Carlos Boozer for some classic hijinks. Everyone seemed to have a pretty good time: Everyone except Kobe, I guess. While he wasn't present at the game, Kobe was asked about the moment during an interview on Monday night's episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live." It appears that he wouldn't have had much patience for such antics (via SB Nation): Yahoo! Sports

February 19, 2015 Updates

In a new ad set to debut during Friday’s Spurs-Warriors game, the NBA is honoring the Chinese New Year. The commercial features James Harden and Jeremy Lin visiting a fan’s house to honor the holiday, which begins this week. The commercial is colorful and entertaining but is also a bit strategic for the league — as they point out on their YouTube page, China has the largest international NBA fan base. Another video posted to the league’s YouTube page shows a variety of “bloopers” that happened in the filming of the ad, including Dwyane Wade and Steph Curry having a bit of trouble with their lines. For The Win

Lakers guard Jeremy Lin downplayed both Thursday’s NBA trade deadline and his pending free agency. But this did not just involve Lin staying politically correct with reporters following Wednesday’s practice. During the Lakers’ week-long break during All-Star weekend, Lin reported that he declined to discuss those issues even with his family and agent. “I said there is no use talking to me about it now,” Lin said at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo. “You don’t know what’s going to happen with the trade deadline and what happens when free agency comes around. There’s literally no point in me thinking about it right now because what it looks like right now won’t be reality when the decision needs to be made. I haven’t focused on it and I’ve refused to talk about it even with my agent. I’m not worried about it.” Los Angeles Daily News

That’s why numerous NBA sources outside of Lin’s camp and the Lakers are skeptical either party would want a reunion. Lin has admittedly struggled sharing ball-handling duties and adapting to Byron Scott’s Princeton-based offense after playing in traditional systems with New York and Houston. But even when Lin’s agent asked him about his outlook for this summer, the Lakers guard responded, “Let’s just talk about that when the season ends.” Los Angeles Daily News

February 18, 2015 Updates
February 16, 2015 Updates

Hence, Lin faces uncertainty heading into Thursday’s trade deadline. But two problems emerge. His play with the Lakers has diminished his trade value. NBA teams also could consider Lin’s expiring contract, worth $14.9 million, too burdensome. “I’ve been in cut rumors and trade rumors for a long time. So I’m not worried about it.” Lin told the Los Angeles Newspaper Group. “It’s just my [Christian] faith. God uses everything for good. That gives me the comfort I need.” Los Angeles Daily News

Yet, Young also offered a dose of irony, the high-volume shooter suggesting Lin could have become more effective had he adjusted to the team’s needs instead of his own. “I know it’s his contract year, but he could’ve focused on passing a little bit more,” Young said of Lin. “Especially when Kobe was out there, [Jeremy] needed to drop dimes.” Los Angeles Daily News

Outside the locker room, Lakers coach Byron Scott talked with authority surrounding one of the team’s greatest riddles. What is going on with Jeremy Lin? “It’s been so up and down with the consistency,” Scott said, shaking his head. “Every single night, you’re getting something different.” Inside the locker room, hours after another debilitating loss, Lin stood with his shoulders slumped. His voice sounded quiet, but he spoke articulately about the weight of a failed Lakers season. “My initial expectations were very different than what happened,” the 26-year-old Lin said. “I was hoping to compete for a playoff spot and we would have guys healthy. But it looks very different than it is right now.” Los Angeles Daily News

February 12, 2015 Updates

Whatever that version is, it will not be rediscovered in Los Angeles. The three-year, $25 million contract Lin signed with Houston in 2012—the one Carmelo Anthony called "ridiculous"—expires this summer. Lin will be free to choose his own destination as an unrestricted free agent, and he is certain to be moving again. "It's just been a growing experience, more than anything," he said. "Never would I have thought that my career has gone in the trajectory that it's gone in.... When I was younger, it seemed like every year I would get better. It seemed like I would put the work in and then I would see those improvements. And for whatever reason, I felt like, well, I know I put the work in, and I felt like I was getting better. But it didn't always amount to the results I wanted to see. So that's definitely frustrating, to see that happen three straight years." Bleacher Report

"I feel like people in the league know what my strengths are and what my weaknesses are," Lin said. "I have more of a foundation behind my name." Bleacher Report

Whereas some athletes stir controversy with their brash demeanor or their selfish play, Lin seems to stir emotions just by taking the path he did, by "the way everything happened." "That's what's polarizing," he said. "Like, kind of out of my control, the way the media built me up or the way they tried to tear me down or whatever. There's a lot of interesting stuff, and it just turns into this very polarizing, love-hate, 'you're-the-best,' 'you're-the-worst' type situation." Bleacher Report

February 11, 2015 Updates

Though he eventually lost his starting job to defensive ace Patrick Beverly, Lin remained a major part of the rotation, a valued player on a rising power. But the Rockets needed salary-cap room last July to make a frenzied, all-out bid for Chris Bosh. So they offloaded Lin's hefty contract, along with a first-round pick, to the Lakers. It was purely a bookkeeping move. The Rockets remain high on Lin and are expected to be among his chief suitors this summer. Bleacher Report

February 2, 2015 Updates

While a return to New York is highly unlikely, Lin didn’t rule out a change of scenery come this summer. “I’ll just cross that bridge when the time comes,” Lin said. “I’m keeping my options open and see what’s out there. I’m just going to evaluate everything when the time comes because right now you could say stuff, but it doesn’t really matter until I’m presented (with something) at the time because I don’t know what the landscape is going to look like.” SheridanHoops

With half of the season left before unrestricted free agency, playing time and production will be crucial to help Lin land a new deal and a possible starting job elsewhere. However, it’s unlikely that will happen with the Lakers since he’s not a part of the long-term plans. The team is committed to giving Clarkson more playing time to quicken his development in place of Lin. “Contract year, that’s not what bothers me,” Lin said. “I play the game to play the game. I put in just as much my first year of my contract as I do the last year of my contract. I care just as much in the first as the last and that’s the disappointing part.” SheridanHoops

"I think a lot of people expect him to play at that level and that might not be realistic," Lakers coach Byron Scott said. "I think he’s a very good basketball player, but the numbers he was putting up at that particular time were All-Star type numbers. … That’s kind of hard to say if he can get back to that level or not, but again, he can be a very good basketball player in this league for a long time." Bergen Record

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