With Beijing Ducks, Jeremy Lin helped the team reach the semi-finals. But now, he has expressed his intention to leave China and return to the NBA.
After a season of fighting at the China Professional Basketball (CBA) shirt in Beijing Ducks, Jeremy Lin will officially say goodbye to the country of millions of people.
He shared this news yesterday with the Chinese press. At the same time, “Linsanity” expressed his desire to return to play in the NBA in the next season.
In the summer of 2019, Jeremy Lin became the first American-Asian player to win the NBA championship. But just a few months later, he fell into the state of unemployment at the American professional basketball tournament.
Needing a playing field to express himself, Lin looked at many options including playing in Europe and Asia. Finally, he chose China and the CBA professional basketball tournament.
QINGDAO, CHINA – JULY 18: Jeremy Lin #7 of Beijing Ducks competes for the ball during the 2019/2020 Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league match between Beijing Ducks and Guangzhou Loong Lions on July 18, 2020 in Qingdao, Shandong Province of China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
With Beijing Ducks, Lin helped the team reach the semi-finals. However, they were stopped by the then-crowned Guangdong Southern Tigers.
“This is the most difficult decision in my life”, Jeremy Lin shared on social media Weibo with more than 7 million followers.
“Every morning when I wake up at 4-5 am, I think a lot about this. But after all, although Beijing Ducks has treated me very well, gave me everything I want to say, I still look forward to the NBA dream. I believe I can still play in the NBA and I will pursue it”.
He and his teammates overcame the 5-month period CBA had to postpone because of COVID-19. Therefore, the glue he has with the Beijing Ducks family is enormous.
“Do you know why this decision is difficult? Everyone has been with me. The fans, teammates and team stood by me despite my injury and sometimes being unable to play. When I shared this decision with my family and friends, when I said that I was leaving China, I cried like a child. Everything is so difficult “.
Playing for the Beijing side, Jeremy Lin averaged 22.3 points with 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game.
Now the 32-year-old defender will be hoping for an NBA contract perhaps as a substitute.