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“[It’s] a chance to really see what I could do, playing for a coach that believes in me. I have a relationship with him,” Lin said at the Las Vegas Summer League in his first media interview since signing with Brooklyn. “We go a way back, and worked and spent lots of hours in the gym. … Me and him were in the gym for a long, long time. I want to see what I can do as a player, what I can do to help this team.
“It’s going to be collective, and Brook [Lopez] is going to be a big, big part of it as well as other players,” Lin, speaking while watching the Nets at the Las Vegas Summer League, said in his first public comments since signing his new deal. “But I’m definitely coming in [understanding] what my role is. I’m the playmaker. I’m the point guard. I’ve got to lead. I’ve got to be an extension of the coach, and I’m not shying away from that role at all.
“For me, being 27 now, that’s something I wanted. It’s a challenge I wanted to embrace, and I can’t wait to do that. … I’m going to be the guy bringing it up the floor and leading the team. And that’s definitely something that appealed to me.”
“I am pretty far removed from that,” Lin said of his Knicks’ stint. “I don’t forget about it like it’s a bad memory. But for me, I am so far past that. In terms of expectations, when I talk about me growing as a person, one of those ways is the expectations for myself, from the team.
“Expectations are going to be the same for me. I am going to go in and keep my mind right, keep trying to play for God. The last few years, I have been able to live with the results. There have been disappointing times — my Lakers season [in 2014-15], losing in the first round. There definitely are going to be a lot of disappointments. But I know I did things what I felt like was the right way.”
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“I don’t think there’ll be a quarterback controversy,’’ Atkinson joked. “Everybody thinks Jeremy’s best position is that combo guard off the bench. We took a kind of outside-of-the-box idea and said he can be our full-time point guard. I saw it in flashes in New York that he can distribute the ball.
“I think he has got great vision. I think if you look at his attributes, he can play the point-guard position and he can defend the point-guard position. I see him leading our team. I see him being a great pick-and-roll combination with Brook. I think that is part of the reason we got him — we challenged him with that role.”
Atkinson has said he would love for Lin to replicate that form, but the circumstances are completely different.
“That was a little happenstance, all the things that happened around circumstances,” the coach said. “This is a long-term thing and coming to a system that’s a little different to what he was playing [with the Knicks]. It’ll be a little different to him, but he’s smart enough to be able to adjust to a new system, new team. That’s one of the things I trust: his adaptability.”
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