Jeremy Lin Joins the Beijing Ducks

I’ve been following Jeremy Lin’s basketball career ever since he was a senior at Harvard, so it was exciting to see when he was signed by his hometown team, the Golden State Warriors, as well as see him in his regular season debut, through LINSANITY, his up’s and down’s, and most recently, winning an NBA championship. I’ve been even mistaken for Jeremy Lin’s dad.

Since winning an NBA championship, Jeremy had had a hard time over the summer finding a new NBA team to sign with. So it was with some sadness to hear he’d no longer be playing in the United States, but in China with the Beijing Ducks:

“Veteran guard Jeremy Lin has signed with the Beijing Shougang Ducks to play in the Chinese Basketball Association next season, the team announced Tuesday. … In an Instagram post, Lin wrote it was a “privilege to rep Asians at the NBA level” and congratulated his brother Joe on signing an extension with the Fubon Braves of the Super Basketball League in Taiwan. …

Lin, who turned 31 last week, won his first title with the Toronto Raptors last year. During his nine-year NBA career, he is most remembered for delivering a series of high-scoring performances in early 2012 as a member of the New York Knicks, generating a wave of global sensation known as “Linsanity.”

It had been speculated that Lin, who enjoys a large fan base in Asia, would sign with a CBA team after failing to land an NBA deal as a free agent this summer. During a TV appearance in Taiwan in July, an emotional Lin described a sense of hopelessness.

I’m hoping Jeremy becomes a star in China and earns the respect of the Chinese fans and that he can return back to the U.S. in the near future back in the NBA so I can watch him on TV and in person.

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I'm a Taiwanese-American and was born & raised in Western Massachusetts, went to college in upstate New York, worked in Connecticut, went to grad school in North Carolina and then moved out to the Bay Area in 1999 and have been living here ever since - love the weather and almost everything about the area (except the high cost of housing...)
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