More than three years after his last NBA game, Jeremy Lin — the Bay Area kid and former Golden State Warriors guard who effectively sparked “Linsanity” with the New York Knicks in 2012 — continues to do it on the hardwood. And as of this week, he officially has a new place to run his business.
As the 34-year-old announced on Instagram, Lin is once again heading to the Chinese CBA, having signed a deal with the Guangzhou Lung Lions for 2022-23.
“The journey continues! I feel like I’m still leading my basketball dreams as a kid,” Lin wrote in the caption for a series of self-portraits by Guangzhou Dudes.
Lin is no stranger to the CBA, having spent last season – as well as the 2019-20 campaign – with the Beijing Shougang Ducks.
Lynn had a rough ride last season.
Lin struggled to hold down a spot in the state over the last few seasons as his back was stretched and injuries plagued his game. In the year He made one last attempt to return to the league in the 2020-21 campaign by joining the Warriors’ G League affiliate in Santa Cruz.
He also signed off on waivers with the Mariners, but ultimately wasn’t given an NBA shot. Over nine games with the team, Lin averaged 19.8 points, 6.4 assists and 3.2 rebounds while shooting 50.5% from the field and 42.6% from three-point range.
When he returned to China last season, however, he encountered surprising problems. According to the South China Morning Post (archived), Lin contracted Covid-19 and his condition got so bad that he hospitalized himself. What’s more, he lost nearly 20 pounds in isolation.
After returning to the hardwood, Lin struggled with the effects of Covid-19 and regaining his former form proved to be a long process. As a result, he averaged 13.7 points and 4.4 assists per season with the Ducks last season, a reversal from his previous streak with the club.
“I was very tired – like I couldn’t breathe – so for me to go this way may seem more difficult than others,” he said at the time.
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Lynn’s work at a glance
In 480 career NBA games with the Dubs, Knicks, Houston Rockets, LA Lakers, Charlotte Hornets, Brooklyn Nets, Atlanta Hawks and Toronto Raptors, Lin averaged 11.6 points, 4.3 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals per contest. Posting a 43-34-81 shot split.
In the year He will always be best remembered for that streak of linsanity, sparked by six straight 20-plus point games out of nowhere in February 2012. High water mark came on February 10th. Kobe Bryant and the Lakers are up 38 points after the legendary baller said he doesn’t know what Lin was doing in NYC.
Linsanity was for a short time, but because the guard fell due to the injury. He went on to sign with the Rockets … before the team made a big move to bring in James Harden.
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