Jeremy Lin has opened up about a phone call he had from with his coach Mike D'Antoni after a game where he had quite a few turnovers.
Jeremy Lin’s name still lives on in lore after the Linsanity that swept over the league a few years back when seemingly out of nowhere he began to dominate for the New York Knicks. Since that time, Jeremy Lin has never quite reached that level of play or even stardom – his stock has fallen some – but the residue from that time still lives on and Jeremy Lin still gets an avid amount of respect from both players and coaches.
Lin told ClutchPoints, Coach D’antoni, “I remember one game where I had nine turnovers and we lost. And I got a call from him after the game. He’s like, “… I just wanted to call to let you know next game, go ahead and get 20 turnovers… Do not think once about your turnovers or stopping.”
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"I remember I had one game where I had 9 turnovers and we lost. And I got a call from [Mike D'Antoni} after the game. He's like, "...I just wanted to call to let you know next game, go ahead and get 20 turnovers...Do not think once about your turnovers or stopping.'" - Jeremy Lin
What that says is a lot about the kind of Coach Mike D’antoni is and what a player/coach relationship looks like when one is willing to trust and ultimately empower the other.
Lin went on to say, “That’s why I played so well. I had this coach that was empowering me, constantly in my ear, telling me to go go go, trust your instincts.”
Not enough can be said about this, what goes on behind the scenes of the NBA and the coaching of players. There’s a lot that is unseen and unheard, and what this example between Jeremy Lin and Coach Mike D’antoni details is that how a player plays can be in direct response to words and actions of a coach. This is tantamount to understanding the balanced nature of the game and is a good reminder of just how critical it is for the player to trust the coach and for the coach to be a teacher and facilitator for that player. If that hadn’t of happened between Lin and D’antoni, we may never have gotten to witness Linsanity.