Jeremy Lin leaves the Beijing Ducks, hopes for NBA comeback

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Giannis Askounis

15/Sep/20 12:16

Emotional Jeremy Lin explains his decision to pursue another NBA opportunity.

By Johnny Askounis/

Jeremy Lin shared a video on Weibo, a Chinese social media platform, revealing that he opted to depart from the Beijing Ducks. He hopes to make his way back to the NBA after one season in China’s CBA.

“This decision has really been the hardest in my life,” noted the first Asian-American to win an NBA championship, “Every morning I would wake up at 4 am or 5 am, thinking, thinking and thinking all the time. In the end, although Shougang (the Ducks) has treated me incredibly well, giving me everything I wanted, in the end, I feel that I still have NBA dreams. I still have time to play (there) and I have to chase this.”

The 32-year-old guard played in 39 matches of the 2019-20 CBA season averaging 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 1.8 steals. It was his first professional campaign outside the NBA and G League.

“I know that many of my fans have stood by me no matter if I was injured,” he added in the video posted Tuesday, “Why was this decision so difficult? Yesterday, when I shared this with my family and friends when I told them I would have to leave China, I cried.”

A total of 505 games including 25 playoffs tilts make out his NBA resume. Lin’s debut came with the Golden State Warriors, he then launched Linsanity as a member of the New York Knicks and went on joining the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Hornets, Brooklyn Nets, Atlanta Hawks, and Toronto Raptors.