Just minutes ago, Lin posted identical messages on Twitter and Facebook, along with a picture of himself smiling and wearing a Lakers cap.
“Thank you to Houston fans, media, Rockets staff, coaches and teammates for the last 2 years,” Lin wrote. “Sad it never went, or ended, the way I had envisioned it to, but God always has a perfect plan and I’ll forever cherish that chapter of my life. Im SO blessed to join the Lakers and cant wait to get started!!! #purpleandgold #calikid.”
His fans in both Houston and Los Angeles responded positively.
“Imma miss you, Lin. #RedNation,” wrote a Rocket fan.
“You were great,@Jlin7,” wrote another.
Laker fans are thrilled to look forward to a future with Lin.
“Welcome to the purple & gold @jlin7 Can’t wait to see what your going to bring to the team and to see you play with the GREAT PLAYER in the NBA Kobe Bryant..Best of luck to you & the purple and gold really matches you…
Lin’s former teammate Patrick Beverley was with Lin on a basketball goodwill tour of Asia when news broke about the trade.
“You know it’s tough. It’s a tough day for him today,” Beverley told reporters in Taipei, according to the China Post.
“Jeremy Lin and I are like brothers … It’s part of the business you hate to see, you know, your teammate, especially your friend, go,” said Beverley, who turned 26 on Saturday.
Lin cut short his visit to Asia after hearing about the trade. He went immediately back to Los Angeles to undergo a required physical that was needed before the trade could be finalized.