Lakers’ Jeremy Lin became ‘burned out’ by the 2014-15 season

Philadelphia 76ers' Thomas Robinson, right, pressures Los Angeles Lakers' Jeremy Lin during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 22, 2015, in Los Angeles. The Lakers 101-87. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Philadelphia 76ers’ Thomas Robinson, right, pressures Los Angeles Lakers’ Jeremy Lin during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 22, 2015, in Los Angeles. The Lakers 101-87. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

No matter what obstacle he faced, Lakers guard Jeremy Lin vowed he would keep fighting.

He would stay positive amid a fluctuating role as a starter and reserve. He would stay patient amid learning how to play with Kobe Bryant. He would stay amenable to Byron Scott’s honest criticism even if the two shared philosophical differences on offense. He would vow to improve his consistency.

But once the 2014-15 season ended with the Lakers’ worst record in franchise history (21-61), Lin felt like a marathon runner gasping for his last breath as he crossed the finish line.

“I felt pretty burnt out coming out of this past season,” Lin wrote in a recent blog post on his website. “I felt like I gave great effort to play well, play the right way, and maintain the right perspective despite seeing very little fruit. So when the season first ended I felt very…lazy. I know it’s natural to feel worn out after a long year, but I was surprised by how drained I felt and how little excitement I felt to start my off-season training.”

Lin felt so drained that he reported taking 3 1/2 weeks off as soon as the season ended in mid-April. During that time, Lin did not touch a basketball. He did not work out. He did not start weighing his future once he becomes an unrestricted free agent in July.

Instead, Lin relaxed. He healed his sore left knee that kept him sidelined for the last seven games. He traveled down to San Diego with a few friends on a fishing trip. Lin stayed away from basketball so he would fall in love with it again.

And Lin reported he has, starting a new training regimen that he hopes leads him to a better year. Last season, Lin averaged 11.2 points on 42.4 percent shooting, 4.6 assists and 2.2 turnovers through 74 games, numbers that nearly mirrored his career average through five NBA seasons. But that does not equate Lin’s inconsistent play, his varying roles and feeling uncomfortable in Scott’s system.

Lin said at his exit meeting he has not ruled out returning to the Lakers. The Lakers have not, either. But there’s a strong sense that both the Lakers and Lin will only have a partnership if neither party can find a more attractive alternative.

“I get discouraged, I get worn down, I get burnt out,” Lin wrote. “I have doubts, thoughts of giving up, and of not being good enough. But the beautiful part is that God comes through in His unique and perfect way every time!”

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  • DumbassNigga

    lin is an OK backup PG, nothing more. sorry

    • Vendrix

      you’re aptly named.

      • DumbassNigga

        you mad?

        • Vendrix

          nope, you mad?

          • DumbassNigga

            say mad again

          • Vendrix

            what? lol

    • John Ten

      You sure are aptly named, fits perfectly.

      • DumbassNigga

        oh god now all the chinks are comin out the woodwork mad cause i insulted their asian prodigy

        • John Ten

          stop being jealous of our intellectual and financial superiority

          • DumbassNigga

            intellectual? lmfao

          • DumbassNigga

            you just thumbed yourself up and in the same breath bragged about how smart you are.. lol!

          • John Ten

            OMG – you think you’re the ONLY guy who knows that? LOL!!! What if I did that on purpose to get you all AROUSED?

            Btw, you do know what “apt” means right without looking at the dictionary? Maybe if you knew what that means, you wouldn’t be acting like you’re the center of the universe.

          • DumbassNigga

            you can’t even come up with your own insults, stop copying others and be original for once

            and stop thumbing yourself up, you really do look like an idiot

            i thought asians were supposed to be smart? guess not

          • John Ten

            stop repeating yourself DumbassNigga

          • DumbassNigga

            I have to repeat it because you are so stupid, once won’t do the trick, I might even have to go for a third.. slant eyed dummy

  • John

    He’s way over paid

    • yoeddy

      He was way under-paid for 3 years before becoming overpaid.

      • Doolie Yeyo

        He did nothing for those 3 years except for 2 weeks at the end known as “Linsanity” which is why he got paid…

        • yoeddy

          Did nothing? He was one of only two players who started every game his first year in Houston, and he led the league’s top-scoring bench the second year. Not sure I’d call that “nothing”.

  • Cornell33

    I don’t know if the Lakers will bring Lin back. Last season was a disaster for him. I also believed that Bryon Scott needed to change his system where Lin’s skills could have been better used. Hopefully, he makes some changes to his system next season or he could be out of a job.

  • James Lee

    Burned out? How? He didnt do anything with his minutes!!!

    • Jennifer Lynn

      Emotionally/mentally burned out.

    • p452833

      Wow! that’s amazing for not doing any thing and still averaged 11.2 points on 42.4 percent shooting, 4.6 assists.

  • Doolie Yeyo

    Burned out? hahahaha…. What Jeremy is really saying is that he could not live up to his contract.

    • Vendrix

      hard to do that when the coach doesn’t know how to use you and throws you under the bus over and over.

      • mjm06

        bruh…..how can anyone use him? He’s a bust. Just another product of New York hype.

        • Vendrix

          “bruh”…easy..put him in a position to succeed. Don’t put him in a role that displays his weakest attributes but instead let him do his thing. Not that hard to figure out “bruh”….use your head.

          • Kwok Wai Lai

            He couldn’t use the head without a brain.

  • newt

    Asian players don’t have stamina, that’s why.

  • LAKERS16CHAMPS

    Thats ok, as a Laker fan, Im quite burned out over Jeremy Lin. Good luck with you new team, Lin. That would be what….your 5th team in 6 years?

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Jeremy is tough after the juggling of Byron Scott in his lineups.
    Byron Scott is so afraid of winning too many games that he kept on changing his lineups to tank for the season.

  • Thao Doua

    Lin gave everything what he had, but at the end of the day he’s nothing. Just because of your color. Burned out
    .

  • p452833

    If you’ve been in school/work then you knew it, your teacher/boss wants you go east, but the alpha dog classmate/coworker wants you go west, if you listen to your teacher/boss, then the alpha dog classmate/coworker get mad at you, if you don’t listen to your teacher/boss, then you’ll be disciplined/fired – one good example, 01/03/2015 Lakers vs.Grizzlies, BS and Kobe had different idea of when to foul, Kobe got furious at Lin.

    • savi

      That was bad decision making on part of Byron. Kobe was right. I don’t know if Byron can do his job

      • Kwok Wai Lai

        No Byron couldn’t. That’s why he threw Jeremy under the bus to cover up for his being an inept tank commander. However Lakers finally got heaven’s approval to leap forward for the second draft pick. Don’t know how to make out of this. God knows.

  • Adlaker12

    My hope for Lin is that he catches on with a contender that can use his services. I’m not a fan of his but i’m not a hater either. Hopefully he will find his place in this league and be happy.