Jeremy Lin’s Return to the NBA

Taiwanese-American professional basketball player, Jeremy Lin, has just announced his return to the NBA, and his first stop is the G League. On January 7, 2021, Lin confirmed his signing with the Santa Cruz Warriors – a professional basketball team a part of NBA’s G League – on Instagram.

However, this isn’t the first time Lin has played in the NBA. He has played for the Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Hornets, Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, and the Toronto Raptors; he had some memorable performances too. Linsanity began in February 2012 with the New York Knicks where ESPN states that “Lin averaged 22.3 points per game and nine assists during a 13-game run.” This was the peak of his career, and he was able to continue playing for another 7 years. During these years, he was able to make history with the Toronto Raptors as the first Asian-American to win a NBA championship ring. Unfortunately, after winning the championship, Lin struggled to get any NBA team offers. He felt that “the NBA had given up” on him. This led to his career with the CBA – Chinese Basketball Association. 

In August 2019, Lin announced that he signed with the CBA and that he would play for the Beijing Ducks. However, his time with the Beijing Ducks didn’t last long as he left after one year. According to Yahoo Sports, Lin “demanded better protection in the Chinese Basketball Association after he needed hospital treatment and temporarily lost his hearing following the Beijing Ducks’ semi-final defeat.” He was constantly fouled and hit while playing; sometimes he believed it was on purpose. With the season ending, he decided to try again with the NBA, so he returned to the US.

Fortunately, Lin was able to reach a deal with the Golden State Warriors, where he would play for their G League team. This would be the start of his path to playing for a NBA team again. Hopefully, Lin’s season with the Santa Cruz Warriors is successful, and his dream to be on a NBA team again comes true.