The Charlotte Hornets is going into the NBA All-Star weekend break with a 27-26 win-loss record, which is good for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference. The team has won three of their last four games including victories over Eastern Conference-leading Cleveland Cavaliers and the potent Indiana Pacers.
The loss in that four-game stretch in the past week was from the Utah Jazz.
During the game against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, Charlotte Hornets starting point guard Kemba Walker did not play because of an injury so Jeremy Lin took on the starting point guard role.
True to his potential, he led his team to victory with 24 points in 32 dominating minutes, as per Fansided.
While some critics believe that Jeremy Lin is still inconsistent, those who really know their basketball see that it is not the 27-year-old Harvard graduate who is consistent but his role in the team.
Whenever Kemba Walker is around and good to play, Lin often checks in as an alternate point guard coming off the bench. However, there are also times when Coach Steve Clifford uses him with Kemba Walker at the same time, in which case, Jeremy Lin slides to the shooting guard position or small forward.
Needs to have bigger role to produce more
One thing is clear with Jeremy Lin, the more he is given a bigger role in the team, the more he delivers and the more he is confined to limited and smaller role, the more he becomes unproductive.
But as a professional player that he is, Jeremy Lin is obviously giving everything he has on the court. Even legendary Michael Jordan, the owner of Charlotte Hornets, was at the Hornets bench during the team’s game against the Cavaliers and he was so proud of Lin quashing repeated rallies of LeBron James and the Cavs and ran away with the victory.
While Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum may be the Hornets’ prized players, Jeremy Lin is one of the more reliable and dependable players in the lineup and certainly can deliver when called upon to do so.
It is almost certain that Steve Clifford recognizes the role and potential of Jeremy Lin and the Hornets would most likely exploit it to the full potential come the second half of the regular season where the Hornets will be eyeing to make the Eastern Conference playoffs for the second time in three years after finishing 7th during the 2013-14 NBA regular season but losing to the Miami Heat in the first round via a 4-0 sweep.
The hairstyles steal the thunder from Lin
One of the interesting sidelights to Jeremy Lin while playing for the Charlotte Hornets is his ever-changing hairstyles.
Lin has rocked everything from bowl cuts to “Dragon Ball” spikes to a mushroom to a mini man bun that would be right at home in Silverlake, notes GQ.
Jeremy Lin has obviously found some peace in Charlotte, which is a thousand times less bloodthirsty, media-wise, than both in New York and Los Angeles. He also played in Houston for two years but that does not count in the limelight.
It was noticeable that Lin was experimenting with his on-court hair this NBA season, and it was hard for some fans to not feel a familiar giddiness creeping up again. Some say that after a lackluster and uneventful three seasons with Houston and LA, Jeremy is now having fun, which is why he is proving to be a large contributor in the Charlotte Hornets’ offense and defense too.
In a recent interview, Jeremy said that regardless of how he plays, he just likes changing his hair all the time. He also finds it funny because earlier in the year, people were actually suggesting to him to wear this hair do and that.