Jeremy Lin admits playing for China has always been ‘on his radar’
As part of a recent press conference, former NBA guard Jeremy Lin noted that he is still open to the idea of playing for the Chinese National Team.
“It’s definitely something that’s always on my radar,” the 31-year-old Lin said at his first press conference since joining the Beijing Shougang Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association.
Lin was born in California and holds American citizenship. However, his parents were born in Taiwan, which makes his route to playing for the China a bit more difficult, as the island nation is viewed as a “rebel nation” that is awaiting reunification:
“The best way that I can kind of say it is, it’s a very, very complex decision, it’s very complicated,” Lin said. “It’s something I have considered and something I’ll always continue to consider.”
Jeremy Lin left a unique mark on the NBA. After leading the New York Knicks to a seven-game winning streak in 2012, his last name became an entirely new word of its own: “Linsanity.” His highlights were flashed on every major network, and many NBA fans in the Asian market had a new star to follow.
For a short while, Linsanity was all the rage. However, Lin’s fame began to fall off a bit due to injuries, which often limited his playing time. He struggled to find an NBA team this offseason. As a result, he chose to sign with the Beijing Shougang Ducks:
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All I can say is THANK YOU to the NBA, my family, inner circle, every fan who came to watch or rooted for me during these last 9 years! To challenge stereotypes, make history, rep Asians at the NBA level and pave the path as others have done for me has been an absolute privilege. Im overwhelmed with gratitude for each person who has been with me each step of the way. Equally excited for this next step with the Beijing Ducks! I always knew my path would go through the CBA solely bc I knew how much of an honor it would be to hoop in front of all my Chinese fans. Im here now and there is more history to be made! Also congrats to @joe_linstagram on a contract extension fresh off a championship with the @fubon_braves … you're a beast and to be able to sign our contracts on the same day is something Ill forever cherish. Love you lil bro! #linstanation #farfromdone #glorytoGod
Perhaps Lin can use a strong season in China to convince an NBA team to bring him back.