Jeremy Lin got into 29 games his rookie season with the Golden State Warriors, trying to develop his game and find his place in the NBA (which he eventually discovered in New York, but that's a whole other documentary). Lin's time in the bay overlapped with a young Stephen Curry, who was in his second season and on his path that would eventually lead to two MVPs and four rings (and counting).
Lin saw the potential in that 22-year-old Curry, the way Don Nelson had when the former coach pushed the franchise to draft the skinny kid out of Davidson. But Lin told Sky Sports in an interview this week that Warriors coach Keith Smart didn't treat Curry like the guy he was developing into a franchise cornerstone and star.
Smart has long praised Curry when asked about him. Smart comes from the Bobby Knight tough love school (sometimes overly tough in Knight's case), and maybe he saw benching Curry and being hard on him as something that the young star could handle, something that would make him tougher. I'm not sure Curry saw it that way.
Curry had other hurdles to clear to become the legend he is now, and clearing those was difficult with the bad ankles that had him missing games his third year in the league and holding him back early in his career. Those bad ankles led to a below-market rookie contract extension that, in some ways, financially set up the Warriors dynasty.
Lin, now a star in the Chinese league, has done one thing as well as Curry - build himself as an international brand. That has set Lin up financially and, more importantly, given him a platform to speak out on social issues, such as the racism Asians face in America.
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Jeremy Lin talks about young Stephen Curry's self belief even when coach didn't see it originally appeared on NBCSports.com