Jeremy Lin took to Twitter on Tuesday evening and hinted at retirement whereas reminiscing on the previous yr taking part in each in China and within the G League.
Lin appeared in 9 video games for the Santa Cruz Warriors this yr, following his choice to depart the Beijing Geese within the Chinese language Basketball Affiliation and attempt to make it again into the NBA.
Whereas he didn’t explicitly say that he was retiring, the put up felt as if that may very well be across the nook.
“I didn’t get all of it carried out, however I’ve no regrets,” he wrote, partially. “I gave my ALL and maintain my head excessive. As for what’s subsequent, I belief what God has in retailer for me … Due to everybody whose rolled with me on this journey. I really like you all.”
Lin hints at retirement after G League season with Warriors
Lin shined immediately within the NBA, and averaged greater than 22 factors and 9 assists simply 12 video games after the New York Knicks referred to as him up in 2012. Linsanity took over Manhattan, and is even one thing that MSG Community usually revisits.
He bounced across the league for years after that, nonetheless, spending time with the Rockets, Lakers, Hornets, Nets, Hawks and Raptors. Lastly, whereas seemingly unable to discover a strong touchdown spot within the NBA, Lin opted to go to the CBA — the place he immediately turned one of the widespread gamers within the league.
Lin averaged 22.3 factors and 5.6 assists per recreation with the Geese final season, although that yr was thrown off exhausting by the coronavirus pandemic. That season, nonetheless, was what he mentioned gave him the push to return to the USA and check out once more.
“After a yr within the CBA the place I overcame the psychological limitations from my previous, I knew I used to be nonetheless an NBA participant,” he wrote. “Groups all requested if I nonetheless had the starvation, well being and talent to hold within the NBA. They wished to see me hoop in particular person. So, I’ve up a season abroad to go right down to the G League — a transfer few vets dare to make.
“I’ve at all times recognized I want to leap by means of additional hoops to show I belong, so this was par for the course.”
Whereas he was happy with his brief season within the G League, he by no means heard from a group keen to name him up.
“For causes I’ll by no means totally know, that likelihood by no means materialized,” he wrote. “However I proved I’m higher than ever and an NBA participant. And like I mentioned earlier than … dream massive desires, danger heartache.
“I’m blessed. I’ve had an NBA profession past my wildest desires. I had the luxurious of taking a yr to chase a dream with out worrying about paying payments.”
Lin’s message to the ‘subsequent era of Asian American ballers’
Lin has been extraordinarily outspoken in current months, amid an increase in backlash and hate that he and others within the Asian American neighborhood have confronted. He additionally revealed in February that he had been referred to as “coronavirus” whereas taking part in in a recreation within the G League, which prompted the NBA to launch an investigation into the incident.
He included a message to others within the Asian American neighborhood close to the tip of his put up, and urged them to maintain combating the place he couldn’t.
“To the following era of Asian American ballers — man I so want I might have carried out extra on the NBA court docket to interrupt extra limitations — particularly now — however you guys received subsequent,” he wrote. “While you get your shot do NOT hesitate. Don’t fear whether or not anybody else thinks you belong. The world by no means will. If there’s any likelihood to doubt, they may. However whenever you get your foot within the door, KICK THAT DOOR DOWN. After which carry others up with you.”
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