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Jeremy Lin Demands More Playing Time From Lakers Next Season

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By Lou Imperial | July 22, 2014 4:46 AM EST

Jeremy Lin is demanding a more important role from the Los Angeles Lakers after spending the past two seasons under the shadow of James Harden during his tenure days with the Houston Rockets.

Reuters/ Andrew Richa
Apr 30, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin (7) reacts to a play during the second quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers in game five of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center.

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Traded by the Rockets for salary relief, the 25-year old Lin will embark into a new chapter in his career as a member of the fabled Lakers franchise next season.

The former Harvard playmaker averaged 12 points and 4 dishes per game last season in a backup role for the Rockets, who also lost Omer Asik and Chandler Parsons this offseason.

While many analysts believed the Lakers had made a gamble in trading for Lin, general manager Mitch Kupchack assured that Lin will play a big role for the team in their upcoming 2014-15 campaign.

"This trade allows us to acquire a solid player who will make us a better team, as well as draft picks to improve our team in the future, while at the same time allowing us to maintain financial flexibility," said Kupchack in a press release via Sports Illustrated FanSided issued days after acquiring Lin and two future draft picks (first round and second round pick in 2015).

"In addition to what he'll bring us on the court, we think Jeremy will be warmly embraced by our fans and our community."

Though his defense remains a suspect, Lin's penetrating skills and ability to play both the point guard and shooting guard position with ease will make wonders for a Lakers team that direly need firepower after losing All-Star power forward Pau Gasol to free-agency this summer.

In an interview with Taiwanese press during his recent visit in the island country, Lin said he looked forward to practicing and then playing alongside hoops superstar Kobe Bryant, who is also coming off a disappointing season marred with injuries.

Moreover, Lin said he wished to have a bigger role in purple-and-gold jersey, allowing him to regain the confidence he had during the brief 'Linsanity' era in New York roughly three years ago.

"I wish my role could become bigger and more important, and I also wish I could get more playing time next year," Lin said in an interview with Watch China Times.

Even though he hasn't started to play yet under the bright lights of Hollywood, there are now rumors about Lin's temporary stay with the Lakers as the team makes its pursuit for free-agent point guard Eric Bledsoe.

However, for die-hard Lin fans, the upcoming season would open the floodgates of opportunity for Lin to show his real worth. After all, Lin is a winner personified.

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Apr 30, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin (7) reacts to a play during the second quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers in game five of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center.
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