Jeremy Lin 1-on-1: Tough playoff aftertaste motivates him

Jeremy Lin 1-on-1: Tough playoff aftertaste motivates him
May 13, 2013, 4:30 pm
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Beyond Linsanity: Playoff experience rough

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In this part of our "Beyond Linsanity" 1-on-1 series with Jeremy Lin, the Rockets point guard talks about how this year's postseason fuels him for getting even better.

Lin endured a rough first taste of the playoffs. In 2012, he wasn't able to take the floor after he had helped the Knicks reach the postseason. In 2013, he managed to play, but in Game Two, Lin suffered a bruised right chest muscle in a collision with the Thunder's Thabo Sefolosha. He was never the same for the rest of the series, although he tried to play in Games Three and Six.

Lin's averages dropped from 13.4 points and 6.1 assists to 4.0 points and 2.0 assists. It's something he remembers more so than the joys of making the playoffs during his first year in Houston.

"I’d say I’ll definitely remember a lot more my subpar performance and my injury," Lin said. "I think that’s one of my biggest motivating factors going into the offseason was how it ended the way it ended and it just doesn’t sit well with me.

"It was tough. It was tough. I’m glad I made it, but that feeling that you have of making it and playing in your first game goes away quick when it doesn’t pan out the way you want it to."

Lin has talked many a time how he wants to improve just about every facet of his game during the offseason. During the 1-on-1, he detailed more specific goals.

"I think I probably have a top three," Lin said. "Top three things: Number-one is get healthy, whether it’s my chest or my knees or my back, just things that I’ve been dealing with throughout the season. Lingering injuries that I don’t wanna play through anymore. I want to get rid of them. And then the other two: becoming a better shooter all-around, whether it’s mid-range, threes, different types of shots, and then also becoming a much better defender - just becoming more explosive, becoming a better athlete, being able to fix little things that’ll help me become a better defender."

And so, Lin goes off into the offseason looking to improve and looking forward to spending more quality time around his loved ones.

"Aw man, it’s great," he said. "I’m going to be at home and I’m going to be able to see my family and my friends, just be where I’m comfortable at, and kind of camp out a little bit, and just be out there, you know, back at home where everything is the way it used to be, so I’m really looking forward to it."