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Jeremy Lin still pushing for NBA opportunity

Jeremy Lin

Despite his success in the G League, Jeremy Lin has not had the chance to return to the NBA this season. He wants to make it clear that he’s more than ready for the chance.

Lin finished seventh in the G League with 19.8 points per game for the Santa Cruz Warriors. In spite of this, Lin hasn’t been called up by Golden State or any other NBA team, making him an outlier among the G League’s top scorers.

Lin made clear on Tuesday that he’s just waiting for an opportunity.

It’s a bit of a surprise that no team has reached out to Lin. He’s an accomplished NBA veteran who has performed in the league before. The 32-year-old last played in the league in 2018-19, when he averaged 9.6 points per game as a reserve for the Atlanta Hawks and Toronto Raptors.

In the past, Lin has voiced his frustration with his lack of NBA opportunities. This is only reinforcing that issue.

G League launches investigation into Jeremy Lin racism allegation

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The G League will look into allegations made by Jeremy Lin about anti-Asian racism he’s experienced during games.

Lin, who plays for the Santa Cruz Warriors, said in a Facebook post Friday that he has been called “coronavirus” on the court, citing it as an example of racism he has experienced despite his success.

According to Shams Charania, the G League is taking the allegation seriously and will conduct an investigation.

Lin has been open about being one of the few Asians in the NBA before, and has discussed the stereotypes that can come with that. Whether his story was intended to cause some reflection within the sport or not, it appears that it has at least opened the door for that.

Jeremy Lin signs to play for Warriors’ G League team

Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin’s deal to play in the G League is finally going through.

Lin is signing to play for the Golden State Warriors’ G League affiliate in Santa Cruz, Shams Charania reported on Thursday.

Lin agreed to sign with the Warriors’ G League team in December, but then he did not receive clearance from FIBA. It looked like Lin might be headed back to the Chinese Basketball Association, but things appear to have now worked out.

Lin last played in the NBA for the Toronto Raptors during the 2018-19 season. He averaged a team-high 22.3 points per game in 39 contests for the Beijing Ducks last season. The 32-year-old guard began his NBA career with the Warriors in the 2010-2011 season.

Jeremy Lin agrees to deal with Warriors

Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin spent the 2019-20 season playing in China, but the former New York Knicks fan favorite is returning to the NBA.

Lin has agreed to a deal with the Golden State Warriors, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. The plan is for him to join the team’s G League affiliate in Santa Cruz.

Lin last played in the NBA for the Toronto Raptors during the 2018-19 season. He averaged a team-high 22.3 points per game in 39 contests for the Beijing Ducks last season.

While Lin has not lived up to the hype that surrounded him when he exploded onto the scene with the New York Knicks roughly eight years ago, he should still provide the Warriors with some decent guard depth. Klay Thompson is once again out for the season with an injury, so there is a path to significant playing time for Lin in Golden State if he can take advantage.

Lin was emotional last year when talking about the lack of interest from NBA teams in free agency. He has to be relieved that another team is willing to give him a shot.

Report: Warriors have interest in Jeremy Lin

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Linsanity may be returning to the NBA next season.

According to Chinese site Weixin via HoopsHype, the Golden State Warriors have interest in Jeremy Lin. The report states that the Warriors have already expressed interest in the veteran guard, and that the team’s core players like his style of play.

The Brooklyn Nets are also listed as a possible destination for Lin. He spent two years with the franchise from 2016 to 2018.

Lin actually makes sense for the Warriors. The team has Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, but is significantly lacking in guard depth. Lin would be able to provide that. The Warriors will also be expecting to return to contention next year, which should also appeal to Lin.

The 32-year-old guard last played in the NBA in 2019. He struggled to find interest in the NBA, which weighed heavily on him. He spent last season playing for China’s Beijing Ducks, but seems to be eyeing a return to the United States next year.

Jeremy Lin shares hilarious stories about Michael Jordan as Hornets owner

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ESPN’s “The Last Dance” has focused on Michael Jordan’s one-of-a-kind competitiveness during his NBA career, but one former Charlotte Hornets player is sharing how that extended into Jordan’s time as an owner as well.

In a post to Instagram on Thursday, veteran guard Jeremy Lin, who played for the Hornets in the 2015-16 season, shared some tremendous stories about his experience with Jordan, the controlling owner of the team. Lin shared a tale about how Jordan once berated an official from his courtside seat, saying, “You were a bum ref when I was playing and you’re still a bum ref now!”

Lin then told the story of how Jordan showed up at Hornets practice after the team lost four games in a row, concluding his address to them by saying, “Figure it out and don’t make me fly back up from Florida.”

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All this talk about MJ being the inspired this #MemoryLane post. When I signed w the Hornets, I was imagining MJ destroying everyone in mid-post one on one after every practice (except me obviously…lol). He wasnt around much in the beginning but I vividly remember 2 MJ moments of that season 1. He was courtside at one of our games and was locked in…like LOCKED IN! He was on the refs nonstop. "Yo —-, you were a bum ref when I was playin and you're still a bum ref now. You gonna swallow your whistle all night?" The (unnamed) ref looked, saw it was MJ and never dared look back in our direction. I dont remember anything else that happened that game haha 2. Later in the season we dropped 4 straight Ls. MJ showed up at the next practice. I swear to you I dont remember any of the stories he told about his time w the Bulls or anything else he said. Only his closing statement. "Figure it out and dont make me fly back up from Florida" lollll People always say, "you are who you are." And MJ is to the core the ultimate competitor. Playing for him was an honor! #MemoryLane #Jordanshrug

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Jordan, who hails from North Carolina, first bought a minority stake in the team in 2006 back when they were still the Bobcats. He then became the majority owner of the team in 2010 and helped oversee the name change to the Charlotte Hornets in 2014.

Lin is far from the only famous basketball figure to share inside stories about Jordan amid the documentary, as His Airness’ legend just continues to grow, especially now that a new generation is being introduced to the full extent and essence of Michael Jordan.

Mike D’Antoni’s brother shares what led to downfall of Linsanity

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Linsanity was a fiery comet blazing through the sky that seemed to end just as quickly. Now one man who witnessed it firsthand is sharing some interesting insights about what led to its demise.

Speaking with Marc Berman of the New York Post this week, Dan D’Antoni, brother of then-New York Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni and himself a Knicks assistant at the time, discussed Jeremy Lin’s sudden rise and fall in 2012.

“We had won 10 of 13 games and Jeremy was the main propeller of the boat,” he said. “But you can’t run Mike’s system – and I’m not blaming Carmelo [Anthony]. It was the way Carmelo’s game was at that time. He got his rep as a mid-range jump shooter. He had every right because he won a lot of games in Denver as an elbow-iso guy. But we had that elbow-iso guy [in Amar’e Stoudemire]. If you didn’t space the floor, it puts a halt to what Jeremy was doing. It went back toward Melo and it was a difficult situation.

“It was hard to blend everything,” Dan added. “You have to have spacing. [Anthony] wanted to get back to that spot where he’d ask for the ball in a certain area. The offense Jeremy was running is more free flow, attacking off the pick and roll and kicking out to shooters. Two different styles. Mike had a hard time with it … It wasn’t Melo’s fault because Amar’e’s there. You have to have real good support from the owner, to GM, to the coach, to the star players. If those three don’t line up, it’s difficult.”

Lin, who now plays in the Chinese Basketball Association for the Beijing Ducks, became perhaps the biggest star on the planet during that memorable run with the Knicks. Anthony’s return from injury was the beginning of the end though, and the D’Antonis were replaced in favor of Mike Woodson and his staff not long after. Lin himself then left in free agency that summer.

Mike D’Antoni has since admitted that some of those Knicks had bitterness towards Lin because of his stardom, and now Dan is offering some perspective on why it wasn’t able to work from a purely on-court standpoint either.

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.