Jeremy Lin is happy, according to all reports, to be out of Los Angeles and done with record-setting losing in head coach Byron Scott’s system. In LA, Scott was mercurial in giving Lin playing time, benching him on occasion and pulling him even when he seemed to be thriving. Lin was a good soldier, never complaining, but he ached to get minutes to prove his mettle.
Lin’s new home in Charlotte with the Hornets began with enormous promise. Hornets owner Michael Jordan called Lin the Hornets most important off-season acquisition. Head Coach Steve Clifford talked about playing Lin at shooting guard together with point guard Kemba Walker, even comparing the tandem to Steph Curry and Klay Thompson at Golden State. After an undefeated preseason, which included a trip to China where Lin received a tremendous welcome, the Hornets have had a rough start to the season. Lin has played well. But one stat about Lin’s season so far really stands out: Jeremy Lin is averaging fewer minutes for Charlotte than he did on the Lakers. In Los Angeles under Byron Scott Lin averaged 25.8 minutes per game. So far in Charlotte Lin is getting just 22.2 mpg.