CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Point guard Jeremy Lin is in search of some stability with the Charlotte Hornets.
During his introductory news conference Monday, Lin said he has no regrets about leaving the New York Knicks after the 2011-12 season to sign with the Houston Rockets. But the 26-year-old one-year sensation made it pretty clear he is eager to find the right fit.
Three teams removed from “Linsanity” fame, Lin believes he may have found it with the Hornets.
Lin said he walked away excited after an in-depth conversation with Hornets coach Steve Clifford about how the team plans to use him — talks that the five-year NBA veteran said were few and far between with previous organizations.
“Just having that open line of communication early and being proactive about it was very big for me,” said Lin, who signed a two-year, $4.37 million contract last week.
The 6-foot-3 Lin said he believes Clifford will give him an opportunity to do the things he did in the second half of the 2011-12 season with the Knicks, where he turned from a waiver-wire pickup into a late-season phenomenon with a knack for big shots and solid production, averaging 14.6 points per game.
Lin left New York to sign a three-year, $25 million deal with Houston after that season, but his playing time and production decreased during his two seasons with the Rockets and he was later traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.