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Myers pinpoints Lin's 'really valuable' trait helping Warriors

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Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin's NBA comeback attempt has hit a few bumps in the road. That continued recently when Warriors general manager Bob Myers flew to the G League bubble to watch Lin and others play.

Unfortunately for Lin, he didn't play for the Santa Cruz Warriors with Myers in attendance as he dealt with back spasms. The injury kept him out for five straight games, but he did score 25 points in his return to the court Sunday.

Myers has watched Lin play for Santa Cruz on TV and lauds his leadership and stability of the offense. What he has heard off the court, however, is what Myers believes can have longstanding effect on the Sea Dubs and young Warriors guards like Jordan Poole and Nico Mannion. 

"What I didn't get to see because it was kind of closed down is off the court, which becomes really valuable, especially for a guy like that," Myers said to NBC Sports Bay Area's Grant Liffmann and Dorell Wright on the latest "Dubs Talk" podcast. "I mean, Jeremy Lin came to the Warriors however many years ago then went to what they then called the D-League, made his way back, obviously Linsanity, then China, now the G League.

"What a story to tell a rookie. What a story to tell Jordan Poole or Nico Mannion. The unique story that Jeremy can tell is 'I've been there. I've seen the height of this craziness. I've seen 20 points, 30 points a night. I've seen the fan game of it all. I've seen having to go to China. I've experienced not getting picked up.'

 

"That's a guy I'd want to talk to if I was a rookie and play with too. That's the part I wish I could have seen more and been around more."

Lin, 32, has played seven games for Santa Cruz in Orlando. He's averaging 18.9 points, 7.0 assists and 3.0 assists per game. He also is shooting an impressive 43.2 percent from 3-point range. 

As Myers noted, Lin has been an invaluable resource for the younger players. Mannion recently called Lin a "great teacher, a great leader." Poole and Mannion were recalled from the G League on Monday and should have a great opportunity to prove themselves with the Warriors after working with Lin. 

Whether Lin makes his NBA return to the Warriors or not, Myers knows basketball and the world as a whole needs more people like Lin. 

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"To hear his impact outside the floor or off the court ... we need more role models," Myers said. "We need more voices like that for young players. I can say something, [Steve] Kerr can say something, but when you're teammate is there talking to you it really resonates with players."

Lin resonates with the basketball world and beyond, calling for unity after violence against Asian Americans and explaining why he won't name the player who called him "coronavirus" in a game. Lin is a leader on and off the court who is looking to wear a Golden State jersey again as a role model for all.

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