I’m Liking Jeremy Lin’s Newfound Ease and Confidence–and Crazy Hair

I haven’t had a chance to go through all of the coverage on Jeremy Lin during Media Day, but I did notice that Lin is the most at ease and confident I’ve seen him in a very long time. I mean, you have to be really confident to pull off the crazy hair that Lin is rocking at the moment. It’d be different if Lin is the type of player who likes drawing attention to himself, like Dennis Rodman, but Lin isn’t, so for him to go into media day with his hair all spiked up actually says a lot of good things to me about where his psyche is at. I’m not proud to admit that the hairstyle is growing on me and I’m curious to see what he plans to do with it. Apparently, he and five or six of his buddies plan on doing something with his hairstyle, meaning there’s an actual purpose for why he’s growing his hair out like this.

Getting back to the connection to Lin’s psyche and his crazy hair. Of course, LIn knew he would get a lot of attention for his hair style during media day and beyond. So for him to have this crazy hair style, complemented with a headband, no less, to start this season says that he’s comfortable having attention drawn to him. This is good to see, because after Linsanity and even during Linsanity, Lin did everything to avoid the spotlight. And I think subconsciously, that caused him to be a bit too self-conscious. When he came to Houston, he was really self-conscious about being portrayed as the “face-of-the-franchise” (this was before they got Harden) and I think he made conscious efforts to try not to overshadow his teammates during training camp (again, this was before Harden joined the Rockets) in order to overcompensate for all the attention he was getting from the Houston media. It’s good to see that those days are behind him now. There’s no way you can be self-conscious and rock this outlandish hairstyle that Lin’s got going on right now. I think Lin feels more at ease with himself now than probably he’s ever been during his NBA career. And I’m hoping that this ease and confidence will translate on the court.

Aside from a new hair style, Lin also seems more willing to promote his strengths and debunk unfair criticisms of his game. In the past, he has always been overly humble and self-critical at his own expense. He’d rarely (if ever) point out unfair criticisms hurled at him. He’s even gone so far as to take ownership of these unfair criticisms, because I think he thinks that this is what it means to be humble or a good Christian. I don’t know. Just a guess. But now, it’s so great to see, in an interview he did with The Charlotte Observer, that he’s finally addressing the unfair criticisms and rampant myths about his game.

Here’s what Lin had to say when asked about main misperceptions about the way he plays basketball. By the way, it’s awesome that Scott Fowler from The Charlotte Observer is perceptive enough to even ask this question. Most writers seem to just buy into all the misperceptions about Lin. Anyway, here’s Lin’s response: “One was defense. People are like, ‘Oh, he’s a terrible defender.’ But honestly, if you really dig into the numbers, if you look at my isolation defense numbers, you will see me leading all point guards in blocks per 48 minutes. People think, ‘Oh man, he’s not that athletic.’ To me, people just see me being Asian and they think a certain thing. That’s not all of it, but that’s part of the story.”

In the past, Lin would have kept all of this stuff to himself and just accepted the public criticisms, knowing how unfair they are, because he felt that’s the humble thing to do or whatever. So it was a little shocking, in a very good way, that Lin actually responded very strongly by even, dare I say, bragging about how he leads all point guards in blocks per 48 minutes. I don’t think I’ve ever heard Lin defend himself so adamantly. Usually, when he pulls up a stat, it’s usually to point out an area he needs to work on or something. He also wasn’t timid about linking misperceptions about him with his race. Lin has done this in the past, but this time it felt even more blatant and unapologetic.

All of these are great signs for me. He seems to have taken a big leap in his psychological recovery from his mistreatment in Houston and L.A (looks like I don’t need to write Lin any open letters anytime soon). I think part of the reason why he seems to have made such great strides in his psyche is because he’s, once again, back in the underdog role and he’s got nothing to lose. He’s seen the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. There’s really nothing left to be anxious of. So from this mental state of mind, there’s really not much that can really phase him anymore. With no expectations on him, he’s just going to do what he does and let the chips fall where they may. Hopefully, he’ll be able to maintain this ease and confidence throughout this season. If so, I think we’re going to see plenty of Linsanity this upcoming season.

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  • MrPingPong

    OK Philosopher, you must update the ads of Lin products somehow. There is still Lin’s Laker jersey on display! 😉

    Yeah, Lin is having fun and seems to be embracing Linsanity again. Check out this autograph of Lin’s ( I hope the link to the photo works):

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CPkyiYWUAAA-0Qo.jpg

    And in case you haven’t read Lin’s AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit, check out this summary by some Spaceballer at Realgm.com, a Lin fan I presume:

    http://forums.realgm.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=53&t=1398538&start=1280#p44690095

    Lin doesn’t seem to hold any grudge against anyone, any organization. He has moved on and enjoying his days at Queen City! I love this guy!

    🙂

    • Thanks for that Reddit summary, MrPingPong! I only managed to go through half of it so far.

      That’s awesome that Lin wrote “Linsanity”! Glad to see that he’s maybe embracing it now, FINALLY! Is that something Lin autographed for you? If not, where is this autograph from?

      • old & in the way

        There is a hilarious new Jeremy Lin video on You Tube titled, “How To Fit In The NBA.” It is very funny and in it Jeremy is sporting his new spiked hair-do. I was thinking that he might have acquired the spiked hair-do for this new video perhaps. Otherwise I do not why he is grooming his hair as he is. It is growing on me but it takes a while to get use to it as it is a bit severe. But he has a “soft” and friendly face so he can get away with the severe haircut. I would post a link to this video if I knew how to do so. But if you go to You Tube and type in a search for “Jeremy Lin funny videos” it will come up with all the others. It is worth watching I believe.

        • Thanks for the heads up on Lin’s new YouTube video, “old & in the way”! I’ve seen it and it’s fast becoming one of Lin’s most popular videos. Last I heard, it’s already got over 3 million views. I’m guessing having a bunch of other NBA stars, such as Steph Curry, as well as Riley Curry didn’t hurt matters.

          In his Reddit Q/A, Lin says that both he and his younger brother realized that they wanted the same hair style so that’s why he’s growing it out like this. Five of his friends are also doing it. Apparently, the hair is still not at the length that he is after, yet. So still not sure what style he is after until he gets there, since he’s keeping it top secret.

        • MrPingPong

          Hello Old & In old friend. You can google for “how to share Youtube videos” also! 😉

          Anyway, just copy and paste the link (URL) of the video displayed at the top of your webpage, and voila!

          On another note, have you seen this recent analysis of Lin’s defense by the folks at At The Hive (atthehive.com)?

          https://youtu.be/tW017VP-OF4

          They were so surprised that their video got so many hits!

          • yeah, I retweeted that defense video from At the Hive and had a back and forth with one of the guys in the video on Twitter. Josh Lin, Jeremy Lin’s brother also loved that video and retweeted it: https://twitter.com/JoshLin33

            I was going to mention this in my post, but decided to leave it out, because I didn’t want the post to go on for too long. But I thought it was very telling that Josh Lin tweeted out the video on Lin’s defense calling it “Myth busters #truth”. You know Josh had to get Jeremy’s permission to tweet that out, so it’s good to see that Lin is finally ready to fight back the unjust criticisms a little, rather than humbly accept them at his own expense.

          • old & in the way

            Dear Mr. PingPong:

            Thanks for this link. This is a very interesting video that is very complimentary to Jeremy and also a very objective assessment of Jeremy’s defensive strengths. At the beginning of the video the host, David Walker, says, “You probably won’t see Jeremy’s name on any of the NBA All-defense first team ballots but…”. This may be so but it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t see it there. I think Jeremy’s quickness and hustle make him an excellent defensive player. Perhaps not all-defense first team but damn good nevertheless. This video is very supportive of this reality that Jeremy Lin damn sure well can play defense and can do it well. I am sick, of course, of the biased and discriminatory assessments of Jeremy’s defensive skills. This video certainly puts a dagger in that often articulated nonsense so thanks again for the link. Go, Mr. Lin!!!!

        • MrPingPong

          About Lin’s “faux hawk,” I guess you don’t know about Dragon Ball Z, Old friend! My children are of Lin’s age group and used to watch the Dragon Ball Z TV show when they were little. When a DBZ character goes “Super Saiyan,” he transfoms himself into a hulk and his hair spikes up and turn blonde! So don’t be surprised if Lin shows up with blond hair one day! 🙂

          Check this out:

          http://www.atthehive.com/2015/9/25/9398777/jeremy-lin-has-turned-into-a-dragonball-z-character

          And check out a DBZ show on Youtube in case you have time to burn! 🙂

      • MrPingPong

        The Hornets had an Open House this past Sept 22 featuring Lin signing autograph. A Lin fan got Lin’s autograph and tweeted the coveted prize:

        https://twitter.com/Librafree/status/646603589775785984

        Linsanity will soon be buzzzing…. 🙂

        • I see. Thanks for the into, MrPingPong!

          • old & in the way

            Here in San Francisco the local media has been trumpeting the fact that tomorrow (9-29) is the first day of training camp for the Golden State Warriors. So I was wondering if all the teams start training camp on the same day. If so, then tomorrow is also the first day of training camp for Jeremy Lin and the Charlotte Hornets and this makes tomorrow a big deal for me. Jeremy makes it a big deal for me. The Warriors are a nice local treat but my heart right now is in Charlotte as is apparently Steph Curry’s. See Jeremy’s “How To Fit In The NBA” if you do not understand my Curry reference. So can anyone please tell me if tomorrow is the beginning of training camp for Jeremy and the Hornets? I think it might be and if it is that makes it Day One and I am really ready for this. The beginning of a new beginning for Jeremy. Let the revelry begin.

          • MrPingPong

            Dear Old & In, since the Hornets will be playing two exhibition games in China, they get to start their preseason three days ahead of the teams that do not travel abroad.

            And here are a couple of Lin’s media day videos in case you haven’t seen them:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pE_iNSx464

            https://youtu.be/2kQX0luX14g

          • Teams actually don’t all start training camp on the same day.

            Training camp has already started for the Charlotte Hornets. As I understand it, media day basically kicks off training camp. Charlotte had their first practice on Saturday September 26th. Unlike LA, there’s not as much reporting on training camp, so we don’t get to see or read too much about what’s been happening during training camp too much.

            If you go to the Hornets website, you can see some interviews from training camp, including one from Lin: http://www.nba.com/hornets/

            Not much going on at the moment, except Troy Daniels sustained a minor injury and is now day-to-day.

  • MrPingPong

    Still of the subject of Lin’s Crazy Hair, here’s a video that gives you an entertaining account of the advent of Dragon Ball Z!

    https://youtu.be/L0D0VGomWb4

    Enjoy! 🙂

    Lin is going Super Saiyan, folks!

    • Chirico

      Naruto

      That’s what his hair style is.

      That’s his favorite Japanese anime

      • MrPingPong

        OK, Chirico, Naruto that is.
        But can Naruto go Super Saiyan? 😉

        • Chirico

          I dunno. Mrpingpong,

          I have not watched the show but I think Naruto can do something linsane when time comes.

  • MrPingPong

    OK folks, tomorrow is the first pre-season game between the Hornets and the Magic. Apparently the game will not be televised. NBA league pass does not cover the game. Last season the Magic was competing for the lottery and the Hornets were not that good either. So except for die-hard fans of both sides, the NBA does not care. We Lin fans can only hope to see some highlights of Lin after the game, if any. 🙁

    Here is the link to the game preview at the official Hornets site:
    http://www.nba.com/hornets/keys-beat-magic-and-heat

    And here is the counter part at the official Magic site:
    http://www.nba.com/magic/film-room-scouting-hornets

    I like the Magic site better. What do y’all think?

    Have a great weekend, wherever you are on this WEB!

    🙂

  • MrPingPong

    In case you haven’t read it already, here’s Lin’s own account of his moving to Queen City, his close encounter with the Hornets arena security guard, and most importantly, his “crazy” hairdo:

    http://www.jlin7.com/blogs/journal/49338692-move-to-charlotte

    Have a great day/evening wherever you are on this WEB!

    🙂

  • MrPingPong

    Hello again folks! I’m gonna miss tonight’s Magic game due to family functions. I hope to get some post game analysis from a few of the faithfuls here. In the mean time, here’s a rare glimpse of some behind-the-scene NBA coaching:

    https://youtu.be/z4Xk4C2j7zo

    Enjoy!

    🙂

    • I also missed tonight’s game, but from what I’ve heard, it sounds like everything went as well as it could possibly have for Lin (except, of course, the injury to MKG). Lin was allowed to be Lin and the result is team ball AKA “Linsanity”. All indications have told me that Coach Clifford will let Lin be Lin and so far, at least, Clifford has met my expectations. Just hope it continues. If so, then it’s gonna be a fun ride to the playoffs with plenty of Linsanity along the way.

  • ashley

    I didn’t watch the game, but enjoyed reading all the good comments and the highlights:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=7&v=oYr4L3woLyY

    With his magic numbers 17 pts and 7 assists, Lin was the top performer of the team. The NBA video, which was shorter, was titled “Linsanity lifts Hornets”; a while earlier it was “Lin lifts Hornets,” though.

    From the video, we can see Lin playing his brand of basketball. The magic’s coach said Lin was everywhere, and they had a hard time keeping him under control. Frankly, it was nothing new to a LOF like me, as I’ve seen quite enough of what he could do in the past. But the point is Lin got to control the ball and play freely on a new team, given the trust by the coach, just as he and the fans had hoped for.

    To be honest, I’m still upset about his low pay and can’t rid the feeling that it has to do with racism, but I know I need to stay positive. So that’s what happened: Lin had a great debut today, and I can’t help feeling excited even though this is just a preseason game.

  • MrPingPong

    Good morning from Houston folks!
    Thanks to JLin Fan from Australia at jlinportal.com, here are links to the first and second quarter of the Magic game:

    Q1: http://static.video.qq.com/TPout.swf?vid=i0167cppq8i
    Q2: http://static.video.qq.com/TPout.swf?vid=j016718gjpa

    Q3 and Q4 coming up next.

    Enjoy!

  • MrPingPong

    And here are the links to Q3 and Q4:

    Q3: http://static.video.qq.com/TPout.swf?vid=l01679hus37

    Q4: http://static.video.qq.com/TPout.swf?vid=o0167dr8cky

    Lin got to finish the game when it mattered the most!
    🙂

    And yes, Ashley, we all know how well Lin can play when given the green light!

    Super Saiyan Lin! 🙂

  • MrPingPong

    Hello folks, just making conversation here…

    Before I forget, I have found the following postgame analysis of the Hornets vs Heat game quite astute and humorous at times:

    http://lamarmatic.com/2015/10/05/preseason-hornets-heat-thoughts-and-observations/

    The author of the blog is Reinis Lacis, a young Latvian sportswriter. I have mentioned him before in some earlier posting of mine. I am quite impressed by this man’s knowledge of BB.

    And in case you don’t know it already, at the following site, you can find replays of various NBA preseason games, including the Hornets games (courtesy of JLinFan From Australia at jlinportal.com):

    https://www.azhibo.com/bisailuxiang

    I’m liking what coach Clifford is doing so far with the team and with Lin in particular. After two games, Lin got to play the most minutes of all the players so far. Coach Clifford is experimenting with different lineups and things seem to work well up until now. In his pre/post games interviews, he always mentioned Lin as someone who can play both at the 1 and the 2. In today’s post practice interview, when asked what position Batum will be playing (now that MKG is likely out for the season), he said most likely 3. That leaves the starting 2 open. When asked about Lamb’s role, coach Clifford said something like he envisioned Lamb coming off the bench. This seems to imply that may be Lin will get to start at the 2 with Kemba. I will not be surprised if this experiment will take effect in the upcoming two games in China.

    Lin starting or not starting, to me, is not as important as Lin finishing. I really would like to see Lin closing out game. Since it is very unlikely that Lin would be running the show with Kemba on the floor at the same time, I really would like to see Lin playing floor general with the second unit whenever Kemba and the starting unit sit down. Lin will make his teammates look good and the Hornets will win more games that way. There is no question in my mind about it.

    Have a great evening/day wherever you are on this WEB!

    🙂

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