Los Angeles Lakers: Five Reasons Jeremy Lin Won’t Be Back

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Sep 29, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Jeremy Lin (17) answers questions during media day at the team practice facility in El Segundo. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Jeremy Lin Can Escape The Media Hype (Sort Of)

No matter what he does, Jeremy Lin will always have New York.

When he burst onto the scene for the Knicks, he was appointment television viewing for over a month. He hit game winners, he dropped huge point totals, and he won over a fan base that is relentless in its support for him.

It’s part gift, part curse for Jeremy Lin.

On one hand, he’s an immensely popular player. He provided the league with fantastic moments, and he’s one of the most marketable players in China. Not bad for a kid who was undrafted and has only started 170 games in the league.

On the other hand, he’s held to the standard of “Linsanity.” He has had features on his life during and after seemingly every year, though he’s made it clear that he wants that part of his life to stay in the past.

Playing the two biggest television markets in the country (New York, Los Angeles) nearly guarantees that stories like this continually get brought up, reworked nearly every season. Going elsewhere would allow him a slight reprieve from the constant “Linsanity” talk from major media outlets.

While the hype will never go away, relocating could help Jeremy Lin put a bit of his past behind him.

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