Jeremy Lin’s #17 Lakers Jersey Goes On Sale

I haven’t been keeping up with news on Jeremy Lin the past week or so, but I came upon this Jeremy Lin jersey for sale with the number 17. So is it official? Is Jeremy Lin going back to number 17? I think it’s a good move, since that’s the number he wore during Linsanity. Looks like the scene is set for Linsanity in LA, folks! Of course, I’m jumping the gun, here, but it’s exciting to think about. I think Linsanity in LA will rival Linsanity in NYC, because it’ll last for an entire season, as long as Lin remains healthy.

Jeremy Lin Los Angeles Lakers adidas Replica Jersey - Gold

A lot of people think Linsanity was a fluke. To me, this is shortsighted thinking. Linsanity is when Lin was allowed to play his game, so shouldn’t that be more representative of what Lin is really capable of? Also, when Harden and Melo are injured, Lin averages 22.72 points and 7.72 assists, again, because Lin is given the freedom to play his game. A logical, clear-headed thinker would say that these stats more closely represent the Real Jeremy Lin. Instead, the majority of NBA fans, “analysts”, etc. have concluded that Linsanity was a fluke, because Lin had only average to below average stats with the Houston Rockets. Of course, anyone who watched Rockets games would know that Lin wasn’t allowed to play his game in Houston whatsoever by McHale. McHale forced Lin to play out of position and forced Lin to play to his weaknesses. McHale also significantly reduced Lin’s minutes and didn’t give Lin consistent minutes, which can really hurt a player’s rhythm. McHale also benched Lin whenever he made a mistake and didn’t allow Lin to play through his mistakes, which is something that’s very critical to the development of any player–especially young ones. Anyway, it boggles my mind why anyone who’s familiar with Lin’s time in Houston or anyone who gets paid to analyze the NBA would use Lin’s time in Houston to be representative of what Lin is really capable of and conclude that Linsanity was a fluke. Now that Lin is in LA, the truth is starting to come out about Lin’s time in Houston. So I’m very glad to see that. Makes my job a little easier. I feel like the tide is just starting to turn positive for Lin again, because the media tends to be favorable of the Lakers. And now that the Lakers are underdogs, the media may be rooting for Lin and the Lakers even more. We’ll see. The stage does appear to be set for Linsanity 2.0.

I have to say, it’s pretty exciting to see Lin in a different Jersey. I’m still very excited about the Lin to Lakers news and from his testimony, it’s clear that Lin felt the same way about his time in Houston and his unfair demotion as us Lin fans did. And it’s clear that he’s beyond thrilled to go to the Lakers, where he’ll likely start and play a significant role (at least initially). So things are looking very good for Lin at the moment. But, as us Lin fans know all too well, things can change in a heartbeat. I had a very similar level of excitement for Lin joining the Rockets, since I wasn’t familiar with McHale’s coaching and McHale’s heavy bias against Lin. But things took a sudden turn when the Rockets signed Harden. So lets hope there are no surprises underway in Lakers land. As of now, the Lakers still haven’t hired a coach and there is a chance Doc Rivers could suddenly become the new head coach. I have no idea what Doc’s opinion of Lin is and whether or not Doc’s potential move to the Lakers would mean Chris Paul follows or Rajan Rondo follows. So these factors could have a sudden negative impact on Lin’s time in LA. We’ll see. I think Doc is a great coach, but I just don’t want any changes that would mean a reduced role for Lin. To me, the most important thing is that Lin gets to be the starter and play significant minutes and have a significant role with the Lakers.

On a separate note, I think most of you know there will be a Lakers press conference to introduce Jeremy Lin tomorrow at 11:00 AM (Pacific Time), I believe. Does anyone know if this press conference will be streamed live? If so, please provide a link in the comments below.

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  • MrPingPong

    BTW, today (Aug 23, 2014) is Lin’s 26th birthday. It is also Kobe’s BD. Kobe is exactly 10 years older than Lin! Happy BD to Kobe and Lin!

    • Oh. I’m surprised I haven’t seen any BDay wishes for Lin on Twitter.

      • MrPingPong

        OOPs, my BAD!
        Today is July 23, not Aug 23! πŸ™‚
        Old age syndrome! πŸ™

        • I see. Ha ha.

          Yeah, it’s interesting that Lin and Kobe are exactly 10 years apart. I’m sure it’s all part of Lin’s God’s plan. It may also be Lin’s God’s plan for him to change his number back to 17.

          • MrPingPong

            Rumor has it that Lin was offered #8 (Kobe’s old number), but Lin turned it down. #8 is supposed to be a lucky number in Chinese culture. And #7 is supposed to be God’s number according to Christians, if I’m not wrong. The funny thing is Lin has not been very lucky wearing number 7. Only God knows why! πŸ™‚

          • Yeah, I heard about that rumor about Lin being offered Kobe’s number. It’s good that he turned it down, because that’s Kobe’s number that may even get retired. Don’t want to be wearing a number that may be retired.

            I think 17 is supposed to be something like “One with God” or something like that. So maybe being one with God or in tune with God is better than being God. Ha ha. Maybe wearing #7 is too much hubris and JLin’s God punished him. Who knows how the universe works. But, for sure, #7 didn’t do Lin any good. I’m glad to see him going back to #17.

            I still think Lin can benefit from exploring other ways of thinking beyond Christianity. No one secular religion has all the answers. But Lin is devout, so, unfortunately, I think it’s highly unlikely he’ll explore beyond what he already is familiar with. I listened to his testimony and there are so many other answers to what he was dealing with aside from a bible verse. But I think Christianity, at least, does give him some peace. So that’s a positive. But I don’t think it allows him to explore deeply enough. More of a band aid, which is one of the reasons why Lin continues to face similar issues. Lin needs a way to reconcile being a superstar with his faith. I don’t think he’s figured that out, yet and don’t know that he ever will. But at least he’s in a much better place. So things are turning up for Lin at the moment.

  • Forthelin

    I missed something here. Why is Lin not wearing #7, his number since college, I think? Is there someone else who wears #7? Kobe wears #24, right?

    • MrPingPong

      Xavier Henry wears #7. Lin wore #4 at Harvard and in high school. Lin was given #7 when playing in the 2010 Dallas Summer League.

      • fire9flyer

        Just read from a tweet:

        Rotate “LIN17” 180 degree, it still read the same !

        part of the plan, I guess.

        • Yep, I saw that, too. I think Lin is meant to wear #17. It’s a sign from his God to get him to a team with an existing player with his #7 number (just like Melo in NYC). 1+7 also =8, which is Kobe’s old number. 7-1 =2+4 (#24 is Kobe’s current number). I can go on and on with this stuff. Hope Lin wears #17.

          • MrPingPong

            Wait a minute, press conference at 11 AM in LA: that’s 1 PM Houston Rockets time and 7 PM GMT! It’s #1 and #7 again!


            When you believe in God, everything can be attributed to God. Give it up, Philosopher! Lin is not gonna change (any time soon). πŸ™‚

  • MrPingPong

    In case you don’t know it already, watch Lakers press conference at 11 am LA time here:

  • MrPingPong