After all the speculation that Jeremy Lin would go to an immediate contender, rounding out a lineup that could compete for a title, Lin chose the Charlotte Hornets instead. The soon-to-be 27-year-old guard Lin will bounce back in Charlotte after a disappointing campaign in Los Angeles. Most basketball insiders thought Lin would choose a big market team — he’s spent his career at four of them in the Bay Area, New York, Houston and Los Angeles. And his international fan base — and massive popularity among Asians in the US — seemed to make a big market a more attractive option for Lin.
But Lin chose Michael Jordan’s Charlotte Hornets instead. And it wasn’t for the money. Lin obviously thinks Charlotte is the best situation for him to excel as a player — his true goal in the NBA. If he remains strictly a point guard, Lin will back up a potential future Hall of Famer in Kemba Walker. But Lin has shown prowess as a shooting guard as well, and could log some minutes at the 2 spot also. Lin, a Harvard grad, may also have recognized the potential value of being on Michael Jordan’s team. Jordan hasn’t proven as excellent at NBA ownership as he was as a player, but he only became Hornets owner in 2010. It took Jordan seven years as an NBA player before he won his first championship. Lin, like Jordan, is patient and determined.