ORLANDO — While every other participant in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night during All-Star Weekend had a joint media session, the interest in New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin required special accommodations.
Lin was given a special press conference of his own, there were so many media members present, not everyone who wanted to attend could get into the room.
Lin has handled his sudden fame with as much grace as anyone could expect, but also made it clear that at some point, he hopes it will all die down.
On being overlooked due to his ethnicity:
“I think it has something to do with it, I don’t know how much. Obviously when you look at me, I’m going to have to prove myself more so again and agin and again. It’s something I embrace and it gives me a chip on my shoulder.”
On Media Attention:
“Having any press conference of my own, let alone at All-Star Weekend…just to be here and to see ll the players that are here, it’s been unbelievable. I’m just trying to take it all in and embrace it and enjoy it every step of the way.”
On Choosing #17
“Seven was my number last year, and it’s one of God’s numbers he used throughout the Bible. I chose 17 because the 1 was kind of to represent me, and the 7 to represent God. When I went to the D-League, I had 17, and so everywhere I go, he would be right there with me, so that’s why I stuck with 17.”
“I’m just trying to stay focused on basketball, and I think the schedule helps because the games come so fast. And at the same time, being around my teammates, and focusing on what we need to do to improve. I just want to make sure I don’t change as a person and don’t let any of this get to me. I just want to get to the point where we’re talking about the New York Knicks, and not about me.”
On the term “LinSanity”:
“I just like Jeremy.”
On His Previous All-Star Weekend Plans:
“I was going to plan on going to some warm, tropical beach area and vacation with my family. But I’m glad I’m here.”