NBA star Jeremy Lin says DOTA 2 is "more than just a game"

Houston Rockets point guard says Valve's free-to-play game has allowed him to stay close with friends even after they moved apart.

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Believe it or not, NBA star Jeremy Lin is a big fan of Valve's free-to-play game DOTA 2. In a new interview from Rod "Slasher" Breslau at GameSpot sister site onGamers, the professional basketball player and Harvard graduate said Valve's PC title is "more than just a game" because it has allowed him to stay close with friends and family, even after they've moved apart geographically.

Lin was featured in Valve's newly released movie Free To Play and one quote that's making headlines is when he says that "Dota is a way of life." He explained this further with onGamers.

"To me, my brothers, and friends, we have a group of five that always love playing together and we've all been playing together since our sophomore year of high school," Lin said, recalling his time playing the original game. "So when I say it's a way of life, it's more than just a game, it's a chance for us to play and catch up on life. It's something that's been really incorporated into our lives for years and years, consistently, no matter where you are."

A point guard for the Houston Rockets, Lin travels the country and the world playing professional basketball. But he still makes time for DOTA 2, saying he plays about two or three times per week. Check out the full interview, which touches on how Lin believes professional basketball players and Dota players are alike, over at onGamers.

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Discussion

30 comments
jotis92
jotis92

Never cease to amaze me how many negative assholes there are here that just look for opportunity's to talk shit.  Just on this article alone, dude likes playing a game, and almost all the comments are A) Well, the games a piece of shit, cause I don't enjoy it! B) probably why Jeremy Lin's a sucky basketball player!  

vadagar1
vadagar1

dota 2 is for awesome people 


lol and heroes of the lameness is for kids

nobody490
nobody490

Playing DOTA!? That sounds pretty Linsan to me! ;)

hurricanea7x
hurricanea7x

Maybe that's why barely even makes the roster for the Rockets nowadays.

dom7766
dom7766

hm wonder if i start hacking account ill get free shit

jotalandia
jotalandia

did you see that ludicrous display last night?

uninspiredcup
uninspiredcup

Is Phil Fish in this movie? Crying. I hope he is.

den_of_villainy
den_of_villainy

DOTA, just like LoL, is not a game. It's a piece of shit fad.

xxmavr1kxx
xxmavr1kxx

He is not an NBA star. When there was all that hoopla when he was with the knicks he was turning the ball over 10 times a game. He is a known player, not a STAR.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Yeah you know because there is no such thing where you can talk to people instantaneously. All in one place with ease. You know where you can post stuff and see what everyone else has posted. Kind of like a book but with people's profiles on the pages, with their faces on them and pictures........oh no wait that does sound familiar.

MaddenBowler10
MaddenBowler10

Of course one of the only Asians(maybe the only Asian?) in the NBA is a big time gamer(I'm not talking athletes who just play sports games).

olddadgamer
olddadgamer

Why is this "Believe it or not?"  Dude is competitive, smarter than hell, and is known in basketball for running complex offensive plays AND playing good D.  Sounds like a natural at DOTA. 

vadagar1
vadagar1

@jotis92 its because they suck at gaming, school. social life... pretty much everything, they come here to bitch

Fitcherman
Fitcherman

@hurricanea7x He plays 29 minutes a game so it is safe to say he is on the roster.  Quit hating.

domisbatman
domisbatman

@den_of_villainy  Fads are something that's popular in a short period of time both LoL is 5 years old and it's still growing and DOTA is old as hell 

tightwad34
tightwad34

@xxmavr1kxx I thought the same thing when I read the headline. I was like Star? No. Solid player, yes.

olddadgamer
olddadgamer

@xxmavr1kxx Besides the fact those turnover numbers were bloated cuz Carmelo has hands made of concrete, I think the point here is that here's a guy who is athletic, charming and not living in his mother's basement (at least I assume his multi-million dollar contract and endorsements mean he can swing his own place), and the more non-gamers see that, the more they'll figure out what we already know:  The negative stereotypes about us are BS.  


And his stats are far better than anyone on my Celtics, so c'mon back to Boston, Mr. Lin.

Phrase_Universe
Phrase_Universe

@Fitcherman @Phrase_Universe  Obviously, I'm not an NBA player. But that doesn't change the fact that 12.5PPG and 4.2 APG isn't worth the contract he received from Houston. My guess is you hoped on his bandwagon a couple years ago thinking he would be a NBA Star, Mrs. D*ckrider.