After nine seasons, Jeremy Lin’s NBA tenure appears to be over. After winning an NBA title with the Toronto Raptors, Lin will head to the China Basketball Association to join the Beijing Ducks.
Lin became one of the league’s most prominent Asian-American players in its history, and left his mark during his ‘Linsanity’ period with the Knicks.
Thanks to the NBA and everyone who's supported me the last 9 years! Will always cherish being able to rep Asians at the NBA level. Excited for the next step with the Beijing Ducks. Excited to make more history. Congrats lil bro on signing your contract extension on the same day! pic.twitter.com/gRoalAaoal
— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) August 27, 2019
After a year with the Golden State Warriors, Lin showcased his skills in New York in early 2012. Stepping up in place of the injured Baron Davis, Lin shocked the league in 35 games, carrying the Knicks while putting up great numbers, hitting game winners, and scoring a career-high 38 points in a game.
After shocking the NBA, Lin would become a solid contributor with the Rockets, Lakers, and others. While his few weeks of glory was behind him, he was still a solid player.
Post-Linsanity, Jeremy Lin has faced challenges. In the first game of the 2017-2018 season, he suffered a season ending leg injury after scoring 18 points.
Lin was traded, then waived by the Hawks, then joined the Raptors this past season. In 23 games, Lin averaged seven points, and played only one minute in the 2019 NBA Finals. With the win, Lin became the first Asian-American to win an NBA title.
Following the championship win, Lin was emotional when he appeared on a Christian television station in Taiwan. Lin went unsigned in free agency.
He said that he felt he had hit “rock bottom” and that the NBA had “given up” on him. At 31-years-old, the veteran point guard didn’t see much of a market.
Now, he will continue to play basketball in China. While leaving the NBA must be disappointing, Lin had a notable career, all things considered.
A Harvard graduate, Lin had a longer career than most, made a significant amount of money, had a superstar-like run, was a prominent athlete for his culture, and won an NBA title.
Jeremy Lin’s career is one of the most interesting NBA stories in recent memory.
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