The Charlotte Hornets were the surprise contenders in the NBA playoffs 2016. With Jeremy Lin unleashing Linsanity during the crucial moments of the games, the Kemba Walker team managed to surpass everyone's expectations. However, is it time to let go of Linsanity?
Reports are surfacing that the performance of Jeremy Lin in the NBA playoffs 2016 reminded the league of his remarkable skills on the hardwood court. Buried deep in the shadow of Carmelo Anthony in the New York Knicks and James Harden in the Houston Rockets, Lin's talent was not noticed in the recent seasons. However, his breakout performance in the Charlotte Hornets proved he can be as valuable as starters Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum.
The list of NBA teams reportedly interested in signing team next season includes the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and New York Knicks. However, some fans feel that Jeremy Lin might be best suited for the D'Angelo Russell squad. With the change in the head coach, the Los Angeles Lakers appear to be an ideal landing spot for the fun and dynamic Linsanity approach.
The entry of Luke Walton in the Los Angeles Lakers has become a game changer for the former Kobe Bryant team. With the number of budding stars in the group, the move to sign a young coach makes sense for the team. Hence, it is possible that the fun-loving Lin will fit in perfectly with Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance, Jr and D'Angelo Russell.
"I think it's dope, it fits us really well," said Clarkson of Walton's entry in the Los Angeles Lakers coaching staff. He added, "We got a lot of guys that can do a lot of things. Julius (Randle), D'Angelo (Russell), Larry Nance, including myself so I think it's something we should be excited for."
In addition to Walton's appeal to the growth of Linsanity, the issue of racism against the Charlotte Hornets may be addressed better in the Los Angeles Lakers locker room. Fellow Asian Clarkson, who is a Filipino-American, shared that the city provides him with opportunities to keep in touch with his culture. Perhaps Lin can find the same connection if he goes back to the Los Angeles Lakers.
"Being in the league has allowed me to get involved with the community in more ways than I ever thought possible," said Clarkson. He added, "In Los Angeles, there are so many communities blended into one huge city, so it's fun when we're able to step off the court and see what's out there. The Lakers have amazing fans, so when we're able to tap into league/team resources and get out into the community, it's always a great experience."
What do you think? Should Jeremy Lin go back to the Los Angeles Lakers? Or should he stay with the Charlotte Hornets?