Last December an article titled Time for Jeremy Lin to get into Kobe’s face ran in AsAm News. It came after Kobe Bryant accused Lin of being soft like Charmin in front of all his teammates and the assembled media. Four months later, the incident is something that still bothers Lin.
In an excellent piece in ESPN Magazine by Pablo Torre, Lin said
“Just because I have a certain demeanor, it doesn’t mean you can tell how much I want something,” Lin says. “You can’t just say that the more you talk, the more you care,” said Lin in apparent reference to Bryant’s more vocal leadership style versus.
“I’m not very outspoken. I might not be the guy who’s going to cuss somebody out.
“Asians are very easy to make fun of. We’re the model minority. So everyone can joke about Asians: They’re nice people, respectful people; they won’t do anything. People look at me, and they’ve always jumped to conclusions. They don’t see toughness. But how do you define that?”
His reinsertion into the starting lineup for the Lakers, notwithstanding, this has been a very frustrating season for Lin.
You can read Lin’s very candid comments about the lowest point in the season and thoughts from his former coach, Mike D’Antoni, in ESPN Magazine