Jeremy Lin Emotionally Shares His Goal to Return to NBA


Normally, the news of a 32-year-old journeyman guard hoping to make it back to the NBA after a year overseas wouldn't cause too much excitement.

But when Linsanity is a potential outcome, it's a different story.

Jeremy Lin shared an emotional video on his Weibo page explaining that he is leaving the Beijing Ducks after just one season, albeit a successful one in which he averaged 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game and led his team to the semi-finals of the Chinese Basketball Association.

"This decision has really been the hardest in my life," Lin said (translated via (via AFP/Yahoo! News). "Every morning I would wake up at 4:00 am or 5:00 am, thinking, thinking and thinking all the time. In the end, although Shougang (the Ducks) has treated me incredible well... giving me everything I wanted, in the end, I feel that I still have NBA dreams.

"I still have time to play there and I have to chase this."

Lin also said that he cried when sharing the news of his decision with his friends and family in China.

In February of 2012, Lin defined his entire career. Linsanity took over New York, as the then-23-year-old Harvard alum tore up the NBA to the tune of 20.9 points, 8.4 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game while helping lead the Knicks to a 10-4 record, including seven straight wins once he assumed a larger role.

The highlights from his brief reign of dominance are endless.

The rest of his NBA career shouldn't be ignored, though. He played a meaningful bench role in the regular season for the 2018-19 NBA champion Toronto Raptors, though his playoff minutes were kept to a bare minimum. He was a double-digit per-game scorer not only with the Knicks, but also with the Rockets, Lakers, Hornets, Nets and Hawks in short one-to-two-year stints.

And, best of all, wherever he goes, Linsanity always has the chance to follow.

A 32-year-old comeback story seems like the exact sort of unlikely scenario that this type of player would thrive in. Which team will take the bait?

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