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#pounditThursday, August 6, 2020

Jeremy Lin gets emotional, feels like NBA has given up on him

Jeremy Lin

It may feel like just yesterday that Linsanity was arguably the biggest story in all of sports, but the tone surrounding Jeremy Lin has changed quite a bit in the past seven years. Now, he sounds like a man who knows his NBA career may be over.

Lin, 30, is currently a free agent after spending part of the year with the Atlanta Hawks last season and the other part with the NBA champion Toronto Raptors. While giving a speech during a trip to Asia this week, he broke down in tears and said the NBA has “kind of given up on me.”

“In English there’s a saying that says once you hit rock bottom the only way is up, but rock bottom just seems to keep getting more and more rock bottom for me,” Lin said. “Free agency has been tough, because in many ways I kind of feel like the NBA’s given up on me. I always knew if I gave anybody a reason to doubt me, they would.”

It’s hard to believe that’s the same Lin who became an overnight sensation with the Knicks, but remaining on top in pro sports is extremely difficult. Fortunately, Lin will have opportunities to keep playing professionally if he wants to, as he is said to be the top target for at least one team overseas.

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