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Jeremy Lin
Jeremy Lin
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Born: 08/23/88
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:199 lbs. / 90.7 kg.
Earnings: $64,498,737 ($68,959,058*)

Jeremy Lin on Kobe Bryant: 'It got to a point where he had shot us out of the game'

Jeremy Lin on Kobe Bryant: There were games where he would shoot 45 shots and it go to a point where he had shot us out of the game and again he was at a point where he was going through so many tough injuries at an age where his body couldn’t keep up with the demands. That’s where me and the rest of the team had different thoughts.
Jeremy Lin: I remember I would go head to head with him, because hr doesn’t sleep and I would be up because we would lose. And when we lose I would be up at 3, 4 watching film. We would be texting at 3 or 4 in the morning, arguing with each other, conflicting with each other. It got to the point, I told him, this where it started, ‘Look, you’re Kobe, I’m coming in trying to learn from you. I’m OK with anything as long as you talk to me like a man in terms of don’t talk down to me like a boy, talk to me like a man and respect me.’ And then, he has always said ‘Everyone just says what I want them to say, it’s very rare that someone actually stands up to me.’
Jeremy Lin: And so for me in that situation as we were going back and forth I finally had enough, that’s why I waved him off that one time, too, because you know I’ve seen [it happen before]. I don’t wanna go back down that path again we gotta get something else going we gotta get some ball movement, but basically like after that text message conversation we didn’t speak for the last four months of the season.
Lin was also asked about his experiences on the recent world champion Toronto Raptors and what that meant. The Bay Area native spoke about the bittersweet time: “On one hand, it was so heavy, like, ‘Dude you made history, first Asian American ever to win a championship’…there was a weight of…what that moment meant. “I had gone through Linsanity, so at that time I was trying to really embrace and soak everything in because a lot of times when you accomplish stuff you don’t realize what you did.”
The point guard specifically pointed out the racism he said that ex-NBA player Kenyon Martin still experiences after he commented in 2017 that Lin wanted to “be black” (among other comments) after he wore dreadlocks. Lin said that he wanted to go a “different route” in order for the unnamed G League player to avoid similar racist backlash: “If we’re upset about certain racist things happening, what are we going to do, turn around and be racist? Like, that just doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t matter what race you are, that’s not solving the issue. So the whole point is about building awareness, and then building up, and learning how we can heal and go in the right direction.”