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Report: Jeremy Lin switching to adidas with new shoe deal

Jan 3, 2014, 12:50 PM EDT

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Knock his game if you want — although you have to admit it has taken a healthy step forward this season — but you have to know Jeremy Lin is one of the most popular players in the NBA. He is fourth in NBA All-Star voting for the Western Conference’s backcourt, with more votes than James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Tony Parker, Damian Lillard and a host of others.

So landing him in a new shoe deal could be big for adidas.

And Lin is jumping ship from Nike to adidas, reports Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com.

Houston Rockets G Jeremy Lin has agreed to a shoe deal with adidas, thus departing Nike, a league source informed CSNNW.com.

The source spoke on condition of anonymity due to adidas having yet to have made an official announcement on the agreement. According to the source, the announcement will come on Friday.

Adidas biggest seller is Derrick Rose, but also under contract are Dwight Howard, John Wall, Josh Smith, Brook Lopez and a host of other name NBA players.

This is a great get for adidas, an international brand who has picked up a player very popular in China and other parts of the Far East — where there is a big market for shoes.

  1. moseskkim - Jan 3, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    On a side note.. i was thinking.. do people still want to get DRoses anymore? i know its a stupid argument but i still feel its warranted.. i mean dudes knees keep getting messed up and they had their “the return” campaign going on and i cant help but look at his shoes. not saying his shoes are why he got hurt but they come with the territory of DRose himself so why would people keep spending top dollar to get his shoes? haha back to lin. didnt know he was with nike but agree a good get for adidas.

  2. money2long - Jan 3, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    i never knew who brook lopez was associated with. i also don’t think his shoe company wants you to know either. how many times has he broke his foot…

  3. money2long - Jan 3, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    i just commented. and i see two comments yet this site says 1 comment. screw this malfunctioning comment section.

    • 00maltliquor - Jan 3, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      LOL! You haven’t gotten used to it by now? It’s always the best ones or the ones you put a lot of time typing into. That’s why I keep it as short and to the point as much as possible.

      • jimeejohnson - Jan 3, 2014 at 9:01 PM

        I second that, and raise you a tall boy Old English 800. Cheers!

      • 00maltliquor - Jan 3, 2014 at 9:25 PM

        jimeeee!

        I’ll raise it up to a 32 oz. Salud!

  4. ddpenny - Jan 3, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Adidas: with D.rose out. one word. CHINA.

  5. jintzu - Jan 3, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    TRUTHS which dispel all the Jeremy Lin LIES and myths:

    – Most of Jeremy Lin’s fans are not Asian. He has a ton of fans in Asia yes but the vast majority of his millions of American fans are white and hispanic families. I know from going to a ton of games. It’s kids with Lin jerseys and their non-Asian excited parents. Lin brought back a ton of fans who abandoned the NBA a long time ago. Ignore the stupid TV cameras who seem to *only* show Asian faces in the crowd. I’ve been at games where most fans are not Asian yet they will search and pick out that one Asian face which is so silly.

    – Jeremy Lin plays great defense. Just recently he shut down Tony Parker (6 points), Jru Holliday (11 points), and Mike Conley (6 points) in back to back to back games. When he was in NY he put up an elite 96 defensive rating as a starter, and in Golden State he was their defensive specialist. In the d-league had the entire league’s best defensive rating. Lin gets unfairly blamed for Harden’s lazy and non-existent defense, and also due to unsubstantiated lies from noted Lin HATER Screaming A Smith.

    – Jeremy Lin is a great shooter, drives left regularly, and turns it over much less. Lin is shooting 49% FG and 38% 3-pointers, excellent this season, and even last season the last 4 months of the year he shot 39% from 3-pointers. Half his drives are to his left, and he turns it over 2.8 this year and only 2.9 last year. Lin’s PER is 18 which is near-elite. Meanwhile, his teammate Harden never gets called out for leading the league in turnovers last year (3.8 a game) and on pace to do it this year (3.8 a game). Harden also only goes left but I wonder why Screaming A Smith never says anything…

    – Jeremy Lin is not overpaid. That was just pure jealousy from Melo and JR Smith and their fans. Lin’s contract averages to $8M a year. Take a look around the league. Point guards with Lin’s career averages (14 points, 5-6 assists, 45% FG) are all paid $10M or more a year. Lin does this all without even touching the ball that much because he plays with Harden who dominates the ball. Think of how much Derrick Fisher produced next to Kobe or Thabo next to Westbrook, Lin puts up way better production yet barely even has the ball. His production could skyrocket even more if his coaches had more faith in him. But lack of faith (or flat out prejudice) has been the story of Lin’s entire life and the same obstacles every stage of his career. Still the only California HS Player of the Year ever to receive ZERO D1 scholarship offers.

    • 00maltliquor - Jan 3, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      great post! I love Lin and think he is underrated.

    • cpcheung - Jan 3, 2014 at 9:49 PM

      Very thorough comment on Jeremy Lin and greatly point out that Lin’s fans are not Asians only, but also Whites and Hispanics. I really like your outstanding point!

  6. jintzu - Jan 3, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    People who say Lin is only there for marketing are closet b.igots. It’s like crazy Fox News people complaining that X only got something because they were black. Or saying Justin Timberlake and Eminem are only famous bc they do what black people did but they’re white. It’s ridiculous and gives zero credit to the skill of the person.

  7. mungman69 - Jan 3, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    They are made in China.

    • jimeejohnson - Jan 3, 2014 at 9:02 PM

      Excuse me. Meant to thumbs up you’re witty comment. Screw political correctness!

  8. jimeejohnson - Jan 3, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    He’s the new Bill Bradley: a brilliant mind who can shoot the basketball. Bet he does well after basketball, just like former Senator Bradley.

  9. 950003cups - Jan 4, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    Lin rocks!!!!

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