For the most part, Jeremy Lin is still working his way out of the shadows of Linsanity. His role will vary with the Lakers for the most part whether he’s backing up Steve Nash or as starting point guard.
But Lin will have plenty of help in terms of veteran advice. There’s obviously Steve Nash and then there’s the maniacal Kobe Bryant. After Thursday night’s preseason game against the Golden State Warriors, Jeremy Lin talked about Kobe being a mentor of his and how he’s never had something like that in the league. From Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles:
Lin has embraced Bryant’s advice and can often be seen talking to him during practices and through the first two preseason games. Bryant knows Lin is a talented offensive player, but the majority of their conversations during practices and games have centered on defense.
“That’s pretty much all I talk to him about on the court,” Lin said. “He’s pushing me and he’s demanding a lot from me. He’s definitely taken on a mentorship role for me on the court. That’s something that I don’t think I’ve had in my previous four years in the league. It’s just nice to have somebody who is pushing me and helping me and teaching me the tricks. It’s also nice when he’s one of the best to ever do it.”
There is no doubt about Lin’s prowess on the offensive end. But to be taken more seriously, he has to step it up on the defensive end. Kobe Bryant hasn’t been a great defender in the last few years but he was definitely one in his younger years; #24 knows what it takes to get it done. If Lin can put it together on both ends of the floor, he may finally get the Linsanity monkey off his back and be looked at as a very good starting point guard in the NBA.
Lin pic courtesy of Getty Images.