Fresh from his victory as the first Asian American NBA champion, Jeremy Lin was in Toronto on Sunday sporting a look that brought avid fans nostalgia.
For the Raptors’ victory parade, Lin donned a purple Tracy McGrady jersey, an iconic shirt dating back to the team’s early years in the league.
However, instead of the word “Raptors,” Lin had the team name rendered in Chinese, which translates to “Meng Long” (猛龙).
The 30-year-old point guard shared his photo on Instagram, writing, “TWO MILLION+ people at the parade?! Literally endless seas of fans who rooted for us! I’ll never forget this day … thank you Toronto!”
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First Asian-American ever to be an NBA champ!! Promise Ill never stop reppin Asians with everything I have! GOD established my step after step after step, allowing me to be 9 inches taller and over 70 lbs more than my parents. And def wouldn’t be here without my FAMILY! While others mocked, my family supported me all the way through. Thanks for believing in me and always always having my back…miss you @joshlin33 @patriciaylin #Godsplan #asianinvasion Proverbs 16:3
At the parade, Lin put up a champagne shower for fans, some of whom had trailed behind the bus even before the event started.
“I’m just so thankful. Honestly, I couldn’t think of a better city to be able to bring a championship to,” he told Global News.
J-Lin broke out the champagne. Life of a champion.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 17, 2019
The McGrady jersey, currently sold at the NBA Store, is part of the league’s Mitchell & Ness Lunar New Year Collection.
Unsurprisingly, many expressed interest in getting their hands on a replica of Lin’s after seeing him at the parade.
@JLin7 that jersey u wore at the parade was absolute 🔥🔥🔥, can’t find one to buy myself anywhere 😭😭. Congrats on the chip
— Sushi (@Sushi_Three) June 19, 2019
I’ll kill a man for the tmac Chinese new year jersey that Jeremy lin wore
— Jeff (@icedoutmahogany) June 18, 2019
somebody gotta find out where jeremy lin got the chinese Tmac jersey
— Soulo Tha Great🏁 (@davewhit_) June 19, 2019
— T A R Y N N N N N (@_tarynnnscrolls) June 18, 2019
@JLin7 bro I need one of those Chinese raptor jerseys!!
— Jon Giantsbane (@OffendedNarwhal) June 17, 2019
I’m really willing to get a Chinese Jeremy Lin Raptors jersey
— Eric Bledsoe on the Bucks (@_MatthewT) June 17, 2019
I need one of those Jeremy Lin Chinese raptors jersey
— Superlative (@CejayP7) June 18, 2019
I’ve see Ross n Jeremy Lin with the Chinese Letter Retro NBA Jersey’s, I need 1
— CÄKE OF THE 6ÏX PÄTH (@Cak3Boss) June 18, 2019
@JLin7 where can I cop that jersey you had on for the championship parade????!!!!!?!?!
— Mikey Sonemaly™ (@zvchsonemvly) June 18, 2019
Ill pay egregiously for that Jeremy Lin Raptors jersey
— B² (@r4cinglightning) June 18, 2019
Featured Images via Instagram / @jlin7