Social media is celebrating Jeremy Lin, who fans barely saw during the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors finals, becoming the first Asian American NBA Champion.
According to Lin’s stats sheet on ESPN, the 30-year-old only played for one minute during Game 3, where the Raptors won against the Warriors 123-109.
INCASE YALL NEEDED PROOF pic.twitter.com/CGUI8qwxuA
— Gary Striewski (@garystriewski) June 14, 2019
Many Twitter users continued to praise the man for his dedication.
Some said he’d never win a title and that he was washed up. But he kept grinding
NBA Champion Jeremy Lin pic.twitter.com/R7CXck9QHL
— Bruh Report (@BruhhReport) June 14, 2019
Lin became an NBA sensation back in 2012 during the “Linsanity” and he was widely known as an unlikely hero of the New York Knicks, Business Insider reported.
After his stint with the Knicks, Lin went on to play for other teams such as the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Hornets, Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks before joining the Raptors in February. Coming off of two years being injured, his season with the Atlanta and the end of his season with the Raptors were his most recent healthy seasons.
And a HUGE congrats to Jeremy Lin for being the first Asian American NBA Champion. Make all the jokes you want, but recognize the reality that this guy worked his ass off & stayed strong to put himself in this position and even stay in the league all these yrs. Inspiring @JLin7
— philipwang (@philipwang) June 14, 2019
In total, Lin played for 25.5 minutes during the whole season, according to ESPN.
Here’s what others are saying on Twitter:
— Yar Sitruc (@yarsitruc) June 14, 2019
— Simu Liu (@SimuLiu) June 14, 2019
Jeremy Lin worked hard to get where he’s at today, which now happens to be on a championship team. They rotated 8-9 guys all playoffs but he would’ve been ready if he was needed. There are 450 players in the NBA. Raps signed him because of his skills and leadership. Deserved 💯
— aj rafael (@ajRAFAEL) June 14, 2019
Carmelo Anthony forced Jeremy Lin out of New York now Lin got a ring and he hasn’t sniffed the finals pic.twitter.com/1GiHb3tTl2
— #BI2NOLA (@_PrimeIngram) June 14, 2019
— Certified (@Covert__) June 14, 2019
— Kristofer Noceda (@krisnoceda) June 14, 2019
— Rahul (@Raz_Kumar12) June 14, 2019
Someone already updated Jeremy Lin’s wikipedia page. pic.twitter.com/cEPYpdelnf
— Big Enos Burdette (@therealbaber) June 14, 2019
Jeremy Lin won a championship before the Knicks in my lifetime. Ay señor. pic.twitter.com/HBeNbvv6iW
— Josh Fede 🏋🏻 (@JFedeDPT) June 14, 2019
People couldn’t help but poke fun at Lin:
Asians going wild for Jeremy Lin rn pic.twitter.com/wbrKLM84kG
— Coconi 喵 (@coconini__) June 14, 2019
Saw this osmewhere and im cackling jdkxndksmdkskdj
— voodoo. [hiatus] (@amorfatist) June 14, 2019
jeremy lin trending without doing anything.. linsanity 2.0 arriving
— liana 🌈 (@whatislovesoty) June 14, 2019
Isnt it fitting that as an Asian, Jeremy Lin got an A on a group project without doing anything HAHAHAHAHAHA
— Aussie (@austintrann) June 14, 2019
“I always told myself my progression is gonna be become a rotation player, become a starting point guard and then win an NBA championship. And people are definitely going to laugh when they hear that. They’re not going to be laughing if it actually happens.” – Jeremy Lin, 2011
— Angry Asian Man (@angryasianman) June 14, 2019
From being undrafted, D-League three times his rookie year, to Linsanity, injuries, and finally becoming champion, congratulations to Jeremy Lin and the Toronto Raptors!
Feature Image via Instagram / jlin7