Jeremy Lin is something of a lone wolf in the NBA.
Lin is now in his ninth season in the league and seven years removed from the incredible “Linsanity” phenomenon that took over the league in 2012. Over the years, there have been some Asian players in the NBA — Yao Ming and Yi Jianlian come to mind — but only one remains in the current league. That’s Lin.
Asked what it’s like to be the only Asian in the NBA, Lin told The Undefeated’s Cary Chow that it sucks but can also be amazing.
“At times it kind of sucks,” Lin told Chow. “At other times it’s amazing. Amazing because you get to challenge everyone’s viewpoints and perspectives. I’m rooting for so many more Asians to come in. Last year, when I was with Brooklyn and we had Ding [Yanyuhang] on the summer league team, I was like, ‘Dude, please make the team. We’d have so much fun together during the season.’”
Lin says his interactions with people in the league and throughout the country makes him realize just how much stereotyping still goes on and how little some understand about his culture.
Lin, 30, is now with the Toronto Raptors after clearing waivers following a buyout from the Atlanta Hawks. He’s averaging 10.7 points per game this season. The entire interview is worth a read.
Jeremy Lin is getting a welcome change in scenery and joining a contender.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Lin will be bought out by the Atlanta Hawks in order to sign with the Toronto Raptors.
Jeremy Lin is finalizing a buyout with Atlanta, clearing the way for him to sign with Toronto, agents Jim Tanner and Roger Montgomery tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 11, 2019
Lin figures to be a nice depth piece for Toronto. He’s played in 51 games for Atlanta this season, coming off the bench in all but one of them. He’s chipped in 10.7 points per game in less than 20 minutes per game, so he is capable of contributing some quick scoring to the equation.
One of the most famous moments of Lin’s career came in Toronto. Perhaps playing there full-time will help rekindle some of the old Linsanity magic.
The Brooklyn Nets found themselves having to apologize this weekend to one of their recently traded players.
Earlier this week, the Nets tweeted about a trip to China that players Spencer Dinwiddie and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson as well as co-owner Joe Tsai took to participate in a charity basketball game. The Nets tagged all three in the post.
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) August 7, 2018
The problem was that the charity game was put on by ex-Nets guard Jeremy Lin, who is of Chinese descent, as part of his “Hoops for Hope” program. The team’s failure to even mention Lin in the tweet drew criticism from many fans.
So sad that they cannot even mention @JLin7 name in this tweet! They are there for his charity game Hoops for Hope!
— #linstronginca#NeverDone(@linspiredinca) August 10, 2018
The team finally made it right on Sunday (albeit several days after the fact) by publicly apologizing for their snub of Lin.
Apologies for not calling out @JLin7 by handle. As you pointed out, our guys were in China to support Jeremy's philanthropic efforts there. We're thankful for him including our players/ownership; it was a great event.
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) August 12, 2018
Though he only played in 37 total games for them due to injury, Lin was a member of the Nets for the last two seasons. He was traded to the Atlanta Hawks last month in exchange for a number of draft assets.
While the omission was pretty glaring since it was Lin’s event to begin with, at least it wasn’t quite as bad as some of the other disrespect he has faced before.
Jeremy Lin is headed to his fifth NBA team in the last five years.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported on Thursday that the Brooklyn Nets have traded the veteran guard to the Atlanta Hawks. As part of the deal, the two teams will also exchange future second-round picks.
Brooklyn has traded Jeremy Lin to the Hawks, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 13, 2018
Nets and Hawks will also exchange future second-round picks in the deal, league sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/n5qooxLmQJ
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 13, 2018
Lin’s time with the Nets was plagued by injury. The 29-year-old tore his right patellar tendon in the first game of the 2017-18 season and missed the rest of the year. The season before that, he missed significant time with a hamstring issue, leading to him playing only 37 total games in a Brooklyn uniform.
The Hawks, who went 24-58 last season, figure to be pretty bad again this year and could use the talent wherever they can get it. The acquisition of Lin also casts further doubt on the future of incumbent starting point guard Dennis Schroder, who has been a popular subject of trade rumors in recent weeks.
Jeremy Lin is shooting down trade rumors involving him.
On Wednesday, NBA host/reporter Mitch Lawrence reported that the Thunder were talking to the Brooklyn Nets about a potential trade involving Carmelo Anthony. Lawrence said that the Nets want to trade Lin.
Oklahoma City looking to get something for Carmelo Anthony and talking to Brooklyn about a deal, with Jeremy Lin potentially going to OKC, per sources. Nets looking to get pick(s). Want to move Lin and would buy out Melo.
— Mitch Lawrence (@Mitch_Lawrence) July 11, 2018
Lin was asked about the report and said that the Nets would have informed him if they were planning to trade him. Hence, he doesn’t think the report is legitimate.
Jeremy Lin had said if #Nets were planning to trade him they’d tell him. I asked him if he’d gotten that call yet. “No, I didn’t. My agent called me just to clarify. But no, I don’t think there’s any. I don’t think that has any truth to it.” @JLin7
— Brian Lewis (@NYPost_Lewis) July 11, 2018
Lin may not exactly be in the loop here considering this isn’t the first time he’s been mentioned in trade reports. Lin has only played in 37 games for the Nets over the past two seasons due to injuries. Though he’s recovery from knee surgery, his $12.5 million expiring contract makes him a somewhat attractive trade chip.
Despite appearing in only 37 games over two seasons with the Brooklyn Nets, Jeremy Lin may be on his way out of town.
Brian Lewis of the New York Post reported this week that multiple league sources have heard that the veteran guard could be traded this offseason. Lewis also says that the Orlando Magic would be a logical landing spot, citing Lin’s familiarity with head coach Steve Clifford from their days in Charlotte.
Lin, 29, is an interesting trade chip as his $12.5 million deal is expiring. But he has yet to play since rupturing his patellar tendon in the opening game of last season and was also plagued by a hamstring issue the year before that.
Lin did say that he was planning to play “safer” following his latest injury, but regardless, the Nets may just see him as a sunk cost at this point.
JJ Redick insists that he did not intentionally use a racial slur toward Chinese people when he took part in a recent video celebrating the Chinese New Year, and the first American-born Chinese player to ever play in the NBA believes him.
Shortly after Redick issued an apology on Sunday, Jeremy Lin defended the 76ers guard on Twitter.
wanted to address this… pic.twitter.com/3oB2mUvQpc
— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) February 19, 2018
The video in question featured several NBA players wishing Chinese fans a Happy New Year. A YouTube user called attention to the fact that it sounded like Redick used a racial slur during his portion of the video.
A Chinese YouTuber is upset at J.J. Redick after he used a racial slur while wishing Chinese fans a happy new year. pic.twitter.com/1goQjj1WBi
— MeanMug Sports (@MeanMugSports) February 18, 2018
Redick said at first that he was “tongue tied,” and he elaborated further in a lengthy Twitter post on Sunday evening. In it, Redick explained exactly what he was trying to say and why it came out the way that it did.
Mere common sense would tell you Redick is telling the truth. There’s virtually no chance he would ever use a word like that in a video that is designed to celebrate a certain group of fans. The slip of the tongue was certainly unfortunate, but there’s no reason to think Redick is lying about it. Kudos to Lin for using his influence as a Chinese-American player to help clear up the confusion.