After sustaining multiple injuries that got him hospitalized, NBA star Jeremy Lin is speaking out to demand more safety protection for players in the Chinese Basketball Association.
The 31-year-old Beijing Ducks point guard reportedly injured his ankles, knees, neck and ears during a game against the Guangdong Southern Tigers. The Ducks lost to the Tigers in the semi-final match 88-85. When it comes to knee concerns, you may have a peek at these guys
In a post on Weibo, Lin lamented how painful the loss was as it officially ended his first season in China, Straits Times
“Frankly speaking, such a defeat is heart-breaking, it really hurts,” Lin wrote.
Lin would later talk about his injuries during an interview on Chinese state television, noting how violent basketball is played in China.
“My condition isn’t very good because, as we all know, the competition is fierce for both teams,” Lin was quoted as saying.
“We basically play the game and hit people at the same time,” he shared. “I can understand if you hit and hurt your opponent by mistake, but (it is unacceptable) if you do it on purpose or the referee doesn’t protect the players.”
Lin then highlighted that his message is for everyone to be safe during a basketball game.
“That’s all I can say. I’ll leave the rest for you guys to discuss,” he said.
According to Beijing’s stand-in coach Xie Libin, Lin’s age and injuries caught up to him.
“He went down so many times in each game,” Xie said.“But you must appreciate that he is in his 30s and played in the NBA for many years.”
The coach added that after the game, Lin’s condition got so bad that “he couldn’t hear anything.”
Based on league statistics, Lin is one of the most fouled players in the CBA in recent years.
On Instagram, Lin further shared his frustration over the loss.
“Not gonna lie, this one hurts. Lost a nail-biter in the semi-finals. I wanted to go all the way with this team so badly,” Lin wrote. “For God, for the fans, for Beijing, for everyone that’s put so much effort into helping us and supporting us this season. Even though I knew what we were up against, I believed we could go all the way, even up until the last shot.”
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