Jeremy Lin may have been on a whirlwind tour of Asia when he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this month, though Kobe Bryant still managed to get in touch with the 25-year-old and sent a simple message halfway across the world to his new partner: “Welcome to the team.”
In a recent interview with a Chinese website (via Jeremy Lin Post), the Lakers’ new point guard revealed that Bryant sent a text message to Lin to welcome him to the purple and gold – so much for all the bad teammate stuff, huh?
And, for what it’s worth, Bryant also followed Lin on Twitter, as well as other new Lakers additions Carlos Boozer and Ed Davis.
Also in the interview, Lin said he’s been working on his three-point shooting and improving his floater. Lin also said he hopes to “have more [of an] opportunity” on the offensive end this season, though he plans to “do well” on defense, too.
If Byron Scott ends up landing the Lakers’ head coaching job as expected, Lin should wind up playing a ton of minutes next year season seeing as Scott recently revealed that he’s a “big” fan of the undrafted Harvard guard. Lin is hungry for an opportunity to play after his playing time was reduced to just 28.9 minutes per game last season by Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale.
After completing his obligations in Asia, Lin is scheduled to be introduced to the L.A. media on Thursday at 11:00 am Pacific Time.