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Jeremy Lin said the Hornets helped him find joy in basketball again

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Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin told fans that the Charlotte Hornets helped him fall in love with basketball again in a Facebook Live stream Thursday.

Said Lin:

"Going to Charlotte was a breath of fresh air. I learned so much from Cliff. We played the right way, we moved the ball, we played as a team. It was just beautiful. It just brought back everything I thought basketball to be, and I had so much fun with it."

Lin signed a one-year deal with the Hornets last summer and appeared in 78 games, averaging 11.7 points and 3.0 assists in 26.3 minutes per game.

Lin’s had a tough career. Take a trip with me.

He was:

  • Undrafted in 2010
  • Signed by the Golden State Warriors
  • Assigned to and recalled from the Warriors’ D-League team three times
  • Waived by the Warriors in 2011
  • Signed a 10-day contract with the Houston Rockets in 2011
  • Signed with the New York Knicks in 2011, where Linsanity happened
  • Assigned to the Knicks’ D-League team
  • Signed a three-year deal with the Houston Rockets in 2012
  • Traded to one of the worst iterations of the Los Angeles Lakers in recent memory in 2014
  • Signed a one-year deal with an option with the Hornets in 2015
  • Signed a two-year deal with an option with the Brooklyn Nets in 2016

Lin, on his career thus far:

"The low point was obviously my rookie year -- going to the D-League, getting cut -- but I had experienced New York and everything, and I was getting down to another really low point. And that was tough for me, especially my season in L.A."

Yeah, Los Angeles was not a good look for him.

Luckily, Lin’s finally found what he’s been looking for all this time — a starting gig on an NBA team. The Nets might not be very good, mind you, but so long as Lin is happy I am happy.