Few players have had a stranger introduction to the NBA than Jeremy Lin. From being undrafted to his meteoric rise to fame with the New York Knicks, it didn’t seem as if things could get any stranger for the young point guard.
Get stranger they did however as Jeremy Lin was signed to a poison pill contract by the Houston Rockets, a type of contract not often used on free agents given the difficulty of trading the deal. But the Houston Rockets eventually found a taker in the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason, moving the 25-year-0ld to Southern California in exchange for nothing other than cap space.
It may be a move the Rockets will eventually regret considering they whiffed on their potential free agent acquisitions, but the Los Angeles Lakers seem more than thrilled about the addition as is Jeremy Lin who says he’s ready to learn from Kobe Bryant.
“It’s really exciting,” Lin said of playing with Bryant and Steve Nash. “What can’t you learn from them? People have been asking that question a lot, and it’s kind of, like, I want to learn everything. Kobe is a little different just because he’s a different position, but there’s just so much from a mental aspect and from like a recovery standpoint and so many different things like footwork [that he can teach me].”
Lin’s an extremely smart player and hard worker, so he should have little trouble picking up whatever Kobe Bryant (and Steve Nash) bestow upon the California native.