In a sermon at a church in Xindian District, New Taipei City on Sunday, the 30-year-old opened up about his struggles after a knee injury in 2017, which he had feared would get his career “done.”
Lin, whose days of “Linsanity” are purportedly over, said that he waited eight years to play for a championship-level team — but failed to win an important role in up to 15 games with the Toronto Raptors.
At the finals in June, the guard spent only one minute on the court, adding to a scant total of 25.5 minutes for the entire season.
“I thought to myself, you know it’s OK. I’ll take this hit and I’ll get back up,” said Lin, consoling himself over the fact that his team won the championship.
He became more emotional, however, when free agency came around. “This was the last straw that broke the camel’s back,” he said.
Lin began to tear up before congregation members, saying that he has “hit rock bottom” and that the NBA has “kind of given up” on him.
“In English, there is a saying that says, ‘Once you hit rock bottom, the only way is up.’ But rock bottom seems to keep getting more and more rock bottom for me. So free agency has been tough. Because I feel like in some ways, the NBA has kind of given up on me. And I always knew that if I gave anybody a reason to doubt, they would.”
Lin drew mixed reactions over his testimony.
Trae Young, who played with him for the Atlanta Hawks before he was traded to the Raptors, said that he’ll “always be a fan” in a tweet.
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
So tough to hear Jeremy Lin talk about his rock bottom, but he showed so much strength doing it, I just wish him the best, and for the record I feel like he deserves his championship. He deserves another shot next season, he’s a great guy and a great player. Damn.
If u think Jeremy Lin has “2 good weeks” in the NBA ur crazy! Very good P&R player, great teammate, was playing really well before he got hurt in Brooklyn. “Rock Bottom” can be perception based but not sure if you can do what you love & worked for ur whole life? Tough! #Respect
I think his defenition of “rock bottom” has nothing to do with the money bro, it’s the way his career has gone up and down in such a short time; and now he’s a free agent after winning a title; I think in his mind “rock bottom” is a fair statement.
@JLin7 rock bottom? You’ve hit rock bottom? You had a 2 and a half week run where you were an above average player. You don’t know what rock bottom is. You’re a professional athlete and you went to Harvard. I’ll trade my life for your “rock bottom”. You made 65 mill. You’re fine.
This @JLin7 I’ve hit “rock bottom” nonsense is infuriating. Dude made $52 million dollars. There are people in this country living paycheck to paycheck, and worse. There are people starving all over the world. Shut the fuck up.