Jeremy Lin Officially Exits the NBA to Play for the Beijing Ducks
After nine seasons in the NBA, Jeremy Lin is officially leaving to join the Chinese Basketball Association after signing with the Beijing Ducks.
In July, Lin had expressed his doubts at a church in Taiwan about his future in the NBA after remaining a free agent, saying he had hit “rock bottom” and that the “NBA has kind of given up on me.”
Me having @JLin7 as one of my Vets, I’ll tell you I’ll ALWAYS be a fan of him!! Dude can HOOOOP, But is never selfish, it’s always about others and the Team First… The real ones know Bro!! I’ll always have your back… You not done yet💯 #LINSANITYhttps://t.co/F07NAnuXIt
“All I can say is THANK YOU to the NBA, my family, inner circle, every fan who came to watch or rooted for me during these last 9 years! To challenge stereotypes, make history, rep Asians at the NBA level and pave the path as others have done for me has been an absolute privilege. Im overwhelmed with gratitude for each person who has been with me each step of the way.
Equally excited for this next step with the Beijing Ducks! I always knew my path would go through the CBA solely bc I knew how much of an honor it would be to hoop in front of all my Chinese fans. Im here now and there is more history to be made!
Also congrats to @joe_linstagram on a contract extension fresh off a championship with the @fubon_braves… you’re a beast and to be able to sign our contracts on the same day is something Ill forever cherish. Love you lil bro!”
Thanks to the NBA and everyone who’s supported me the last 9 years! Will always cherish being able to rep Asians at the NBA level. Excited for the next step with the Beijing Ducks. Excited to make more history. Congrats lil bro on signing your contract extension on the same day! pic.twitter.com/gRoalAaoal
In July, before his tearful revelation, Lin revealed that he had started to consider the idea of playing in Asia 5 years ago and that it would be his greatest dream to eventually play on the same team as his younger brother.
“About five years ago, I began to consider whether I should play basketball in Asia because every year when I visit the region, I see so many fans, and they make me want to play a few seasons in the region.
“I would consider it. And of course, my greatest dream is to play on the same team with my younger brother.”
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