Back in 2010, Jeremy Lin was nothing more than a hometown kid living a dream. As a Bay Area native, the former Harvard product signed a two-year deal with the Golden State Warriors, a team he grew up rooting for. However, that dream would quickly fade into a nightmare as Lin, who felt he could play was all but permanently entrenched on the bench. Playing time was non-existent and Lin wanted to quit basketball all together.
There is a scene of Lin, while talking with a group of kids at a basketball camp after “Linsanity” had died down, saying he wanted to quit the game while he was with the Warriors. Amid rumblings that their decision to sign the undrafted point guard had more to do with marketing than it did his talent, Lin was discouraged. He played 33 minutes the entire month of December 2010.
“On Dec. 29, I wrote about how I actually wish I never signed with the Warriors,” he tells the children. “‘I wish I could quit basketball (he wrote),’ because I wasn’t having fun.”
Despite Lin’s unhappiness in the Warriors organization, Golden State was happy to have him, feeling he could provide worthy backup protection for Stephen Curry – even reportedly declining a trade offer for him. But being a backup wasn’t in Lin’s list of priorities.
With the Warriors trying to lure then free agent DeAndre Jordan to Golden State, Lin became a cap casualty and was picked up off waivers by the New York Knicks, where we all know the glory filled story that turned Lin into a bit of a cult-hero before signing a three year, $25 million dollar deal to be the Houston Rockets starting point guard.
I’m guessing he’s happy he stuck with it.