Veteran point guard Jeremy Lin has announced his departure from China, and now plans to try his luck again in the NBA.
Former Knicks guard Jeremy Lin plans to play in the NBA again. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
Can NBA fans finally be able to relive Linsanity once again? The once-beloved New York Knicks point guard is planning on returning to the NBA after announcing his departure from China. Lin signed with the Beijing Shougang Ducks last summer, after a tough offseason in which he didn’t receive any offers from NBA teams.
“In the end, although Shougang has treated me incredibly well,” Lin stated, obviously holding back tears. “Giving me everything I wanted, in the end, I feel that I still have NBA dreams. I still have time to play and I have to chase this.”
Lin led Beijing to the CBA semifinals. (Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)
In the lone season that he spent with the Chinese Basketball Association, Lin impressed with an all-around stat line of 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game. The 6-foot-3 combo guard also notched an All-Star appearance, and led his team to the semifinal round.
However, his stint with the CBA was not all fun and games. He also complained that referees didn’t protect players even when opponents try to hurt them on purpose.
Lin, who rose into prominence in New York, also played for the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Hornets, Brooklyn Nets, Atlanta Hawks and the Toronto Raptors. He won his first championship ring with the Raptors last season.
Lin has appeared in 480 NBA games, averaging 11.6 points, 2.8 boards and 4.3 dimes.