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Tearful Jeremy Lin reveals he fears his basketball career may be over

‘The NBA’s given up on me’: Tearful free agent Jeremy Lin reveals he has ‘hit rock bottom’ while waiting to be signed and fears his basketball career may be over in emotional TV interview in Taiwan

  • An emotional Jeremy Lin tearfully told a Christian TV audience in Taiwan that he believes the ‘ NBA has given up’ on him following his ninth season in the league
  • After winning an NBA title with Toronto, the 30-year-old Harvard alum has remained unsigned as teams have spent over $1 billion on other players
  • The first American-born NBA player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent, Lin played only one minute of the Raptors’ recent NBA Finals victory over Golden State 
  • After going undrafted in 2010, Lin signed with the Knicks in 2012 and earned the nickname ‘Linsanity’ while leading New York on a seven-game winning streak 
  • Lin has had an up-and-down career ever since as he has been limited by several knee injuries. He has earned over $65 million over his nine-year NBA career  

Free agent point guard Jeremy Lin tearfully told a Christian television audience in Taiwan that he believes the ‘NBA has given up’ on him following his ninth season in the league.

After winning an NBA title with the Toronto Raptors in June, the 30-year-old Harvard alum has remained unsigned this summer as the league’s 30 teams have doled out over $1 billion on other players.

‘Every year it gets harder,’ Lin told GOOD TV as he struggled to hold back tears. ‘In English there’s a saying and it 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. So, free agency has been tough. Because I feel like in some ways the NBA’s kind of given up on me.’

The first American NBA player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent, Lin played only one minute of the Raptors’ recent NBA Finals victory over the Golden State Warriors, who actually signed him as an undrafted rookie in 2010. He was later cut, picked up by the Houston Rockets, and waived again before landing in New York, where he became an international sensation for the Knicks in 2012.

Lin earned the nickname ‘Linsanity’ in early February of that year while leading the injury-ravaged Knicks – losers of 11 of their previous 13 games – on a seven-game winning streak.  

 

Lin told GOOD TV that 'it gets harder' every year: 'In English there's a saying and it 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. So, free agency has been tough. Because I feel like in some ways the NBA's kind of given up on me'

An emotional Jeremy Lin tearfully told a Christian television audience in Taiwan that he believes the ‘NBA has given up’ on him following his ninth season in the league. After winning an NBA title with the Toronto Raptors in June, the 30-year-old Harvard alum has remained a free agent this summer as the league’s 30 teams have doled out over $1 billion on other players

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The first American NBA player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent, Jeremy Lin (left) played only one minute of the Raptors' recent NBA Finals victory over the Golden State Warriors

The first American NBA player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent, Jeremy Lin (left) played only one minute of the Raptors’ recent NBA Finals victory over the Golden State Warriors 

A knee injury ultimately derailed Lin’s breakout season that March, and he has struggled to stay healthy over the last seven seasons. The most devastating setback was a non-contact injury in October of 2017, when Lin tore the patella tendon in his right knee.

JEREMY LIN’S NINE-YEAR NBA CAREER 

  • Undrafted out of Harvard in 2010
  • Signed with Golden State in 2010 to become the first American-born NBA player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent (Wang Zhizhi was the first Chinese-born NBA player)
  • Had his breakout season in 2012 when he led the injury-ravaged Knicks – losers in 11 of their previous 13 games – on a seven-game winning streak
  • Although he battled knee injuries, Lin has averaged 11.6 points and 4.3 assists a game over his nine-year career
  • In June he won his first NBA title with the Toronto Raptors, but played only one minute in the Finals
  • A devout Christian who has been involved in a number of charitable causes, Lin has earned over $65 million in salary

At the time, Lin burst into tears on the court, prophetically telling teammates: ‘I’m done, I’m done.’

Although Lin is technically the first Asian-American player to win an NBA title, he told the crowd in Taiwan that he does not feel he earned his first ring.

‘After the season I had to get ready for this Asia trip and it was the last thing I wanted to do,’ Lin said. ‘Because I knew for six weeks I would have to just put on a smile. I would have to talk about a championship that I don’t feel like I really earned. I would have to talk about a [basketball] future I don’t know if I want to have. And honestly, it’s just embarrassing. It’s tough.’

Lin’s speech was motivational, aimed at teaching his audience to overcome adversity.

‘I’m here to just tell you don’t give up,’ Lin said. ‘For those of you who are working hard but you don’t see results – don’t give up.’

An 80 percent-free throw shooter for his career, Lin has averaged 11.6 points and 4.3 assists a game in nine NBA seasons with the Warriors, Rockets, Knicks, Hornets, Lakers, Nets, Hawks and Raptors. He earned over $65 million in salary over that time. 

After four impressive seasons at Harvard, Jeremy Lin went undrafted in 2010 before signing a deal with the Golden State Warriors

Later Lin would go on to become an international sensation for the New York Knicks in 2012. After injuries forced Lin into action in early February, he led the injury-raved Knicks – losers of 11 of their previous 13 games – on a seven-game winning streak while averaging 20 points a game and earning the nickname 'Linsanity'

After four impressive seasons at Harvard, Lin went undrafted in 2010 before signing a deal with the Golden State Warriors. Later Lin became an international sensation playing for New York in 2012. After injuries forced him into action in early February, Lin led the injury-raved Knicks – losers of 11 of their previous 13 games – on a seven-game winning streak while averaging 20 points a game and earning the nickname ‘Linsanity’



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