Before any of it became official, he commended them for "going for it," though his Twitter feed since then has featured a lot of non-Lakers tweets — a promotional softball game in Seattle, tributes to Trayvon Martin and Nelson Mandela, baseball shout-outs to Mike Trout and Derek Jeter.
Behind the scenes, he's been to the point with teammates.
"The one thing he's kind of just told me is we have a lot of work to do," Lin said. "And I think that's 100% accurate."
On a team that finished 27-55 and lost Gasol, there will be plenty of work, and probably luck, to even come within screaming distance of a playoff spot.
The Lakers, though, felt they finally got a point guard that intrigued them over the years.
They initially tried to sign Lin as an undrafted rookie in 2010 but he chose
In a less-publicized action, the Lakers put in a waiver claim for Lin when Golden State dropped him in 2011. Houston had a worse record than the Lakers and was awarded him.
But the Lakers acquired him in a trade with the
"This time, we got Jeremy Lin," Lakers General Manager
One thing is certain.
Lin, 25, isn't looking to repeat the intense attention that accompanied him while playing for New York in 2011-12.
"I'm not trying to relive that banner season and I think that's been a big weight off my shoulder. I'm not trying to recreate a 'Linsanity,' " he said. "I'm not trying to be that phenomenon that happened in New York. I just want to be myself more than ever."
It took a salary dump from Houston to make Lin a member of the Lakers. The Rockets eagerly sent him to try to make room for free agent
But Bosh declined Houston's offer and re-signed with Miami.
The Lakers might have found a starting point guard, seeing how
"I obviously believe that I can start for an
Lin lost his starting job to Patrick Beverley last season while averaging 12.5 points and 4.1 assists. He has one more year and $14.9 million remaining on his contract.
Houston slighted Lin by posting electronic images outside its arena of Anthony wearing Lin's No. 7 Rockets jersey while trying to recruit Anthony earlier this month. Lin was still under contract with the Rockets.
"I just felt like maybe they could have kept it internal," he said. "But it wasn't a big thing to me."
Lin has texted with Bryant and spoken with him briefly since the trade, which took place 10 days after the Rockets' jersey insult. But unlike some younger NBA players, he never emulated Bryant while growing up.
"His skill set is just clearly different than mine," Lin said, smiling. "I don't think I've ever shot a fadeaway jumper from the mid-post ever."
Lin will wear No. 17, which most recently belonged to
Lin wore No. 17 while with New York but wasn't expecting any flashbacks from that season, which included a 38-point outburst against the Lakers at
"I'm not trying to be a player from the past," he said. "I'm trying to make history again."