During media day in the heart of his new home, Jeremy Lin could look out from the Brooklyn Nets’ new training facility in Brooklyn and see Manhattan. He definitely remembers the crazy days in the other borough.
“I’m not intentionally going back to New York to prove something, the only reason I chose to come back is because this is the best place I can be,” Lin said during an interview with ESPN China. “But New York is definitely special in my heart.”
The Nets offered Lin exactly what he wanted last summer as a free agent: a young team that needs a franchise player, a head coach who is fully invested in him, a starting role and a caring community.
“It’s a different environment. I was somewhere for so long, I knew where to go, I can walk backward and get anywhere I want to go. It’s just different, but different is not a bad thing. It’s been cool. I’m like the new kid in class. I’ve gotta find my one friend to talk to before I can get more friends, but I’m figuring it all out. Like I said, I’m happy to be here. At this time in my career, this is where I want to be.”
The Bulls’ front office is happy to have Wade in the fold and remains confident that the 34-year-old can show the young team how to improve on a daily basis. While Wade adjusts to his new team in his hometown, GM Gar Forman acknowledged that the Bulls are going to keep a close eye on Wade’s body throughout the season and that a minutes restriction would be “fluid.”
Here’s Anthony on Joakim Noah, Brandon Jennings and Courtney Lee, the other new faces on the roster:
“Joakim, he’s a character. He’s very intense, very emotional, and you can see that with his workouts, you can see that in the gym, you can see that playing pickup, just him in the weight room working. You can see the focus that these guys have. A guy who nobody really speaks about is Courtney Lee. I think he’s going to be a great addition to this team, a guy who comes in and does little things, does multiple things on the basketball court that a lot of people don’t talk about. And then we have another guy, Brandon Jennings; his focus right now is to win, is to play good basketball and to help us lead this team. He’s focused and everybody’s focused. The focus level is an all-time high.”
The Knicks hope that Anthony’s new teammates can take some of the pressure to score off of the 31-year-old. Anthony appreciates that, but he correctly pointed out on Monday that he will take a bulk of the blame in New York if things don’t go well.