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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

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Jeremy Lin considering playing in China next season

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Jeremy Lin still is not drawing any significant interest from NBA teams more than a month after the start of free agency, and he acknowledged this week that he is considering the possibility of playing overseas.

Lin was in Guangzhou, China, on Friday endorsing Chinese sportswear brand Xtep when a reporter asked him if he has thought about playing in the Chinese Basketball Association next year. The 30-year-old admitted he has.

“Of course I am thinking about the CBA,” Lin said, via Jonathan White of the South China Morning Post. “I don’t know where I will be next year, so I don’t have expectations. I know what level I can play at, so if I don’t get that I won’t settle.”

Lin’s top choice would obviously be continuing to play in the NBA, but it’s unclear if he will get a shot. Regardless of what he chooses, he says happiness is his No. 1 priority.

“I want to be happy, that is the main thing,” Lin said. “When you are competing, everything is about the NBA. But I am 30 now, the main thing is to be happy.”

Lin became emotional during a recent public appearance and said he feels like the NBA has given up on him. He averaged 9.6 points per game last season in time split between the Atlanta Hawks and Toronto Raptors, and it sounds like he already has at least one opportunity to play overseas. There should be plenty of others if he chooses to go that route.

Nate Robinson tells Jeremy Lin to come play in BIG3

Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin is extremely discouraged with the lack of interest NBA teams have showed in him since the start of free agency, but Nate Robinson says an opportunity awaits if Lin has interest in the BIG3.

Robinson, who is a co-captain of the BIG3’s Tri-State team, saw Lin’s speech over the weekend where he became emotional about teams not wanting to sign him. Robinson said in an Instagram post that he knows how that feels and encouraged Lin to sign with the BIG3.

Lin was in tears during a trip to Asia when speaking to a crowd about how “the NBA’s kind of given up on me.” The 30-year-old spent part of last year with the Atlanta Hawks before finishing with the NBA champion Toronto Raptors. He averaged 9.6 points per game.

Lin will have opportunities to play overseas if no NBA team signs him, and that may be a better option at this point than the BIG3. However, the league now has a contract with CBS and appears to be growing. Lin may take that into consideration.

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.

Report: Jeremy Lin is top target for CSKA Moscow

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Seven years after Linsanity lit the planet ablaze, Jeremy Lin’s time in the National Basketball Association may be over.

Emiliano Carchia of Sportando reported on Friday that the veteran is the top target for Russian club CSKA Moscow at the guard position.

Lin, who turns 31 later this summer, remains without an NBA offer as August nears. He played sparingly for the Toronto Raptors last season (7.0 points in 18.8 minutes per game) but was able to win his first championship with them.

CSKA Moscow’s previous NBA target backed out after he got an offer from the Milwaukee Bucks, and with Lin now both an NBA champion and the league’s most famous player at one time, he may be content that his work here is done.

Jeremy Lin tells fans to quit it with Carmelo Anthony shade

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Jeremy Lin won an NBA championship before Carmelo Anthony did, but he’s not happy with the countless users on social media basking in that much.

The Toronto Raptors guard took to his Instagram Story on Friday to call for fans to quit throwing shade at his former New York Knicks teammate.

“Been seeing a lot of shade being thrown towards Melo,” Lin wrote. “Just wanna ask everyone to stop. Whatever happened happened, but that’s irrelevant now. We can celebrate one without cutting down another.

“Life’s too short, bball’s too precious, and love is too rare these days,” he went on. “You have one life to live. Be gracious, forgiving, loving, servant-hearted.”

Lin and Anthony were teammates in New York in 2011-12, better known as the year that launched the worldwide “Linsanity” craze. It’s not much of a secret though that Anthony was among several Knicks who resented Lin’s success during their time together.

Now that Lin is an NBA champion some seven years later, it’s obvious that the title means a lot more to him than just being able to stick it to ex-teammates.

Jeremy Lin: Being only Asian in NBA sucks at times

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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.

Report: Jeremy Lin to join Raptors after getting buyout from Hawks

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.

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.