Jeremy Lin says ‘at times it kind of sucks’ being the only Asian-American player in the NBA
Toronto Raptors point guard Jeremy Lin is the only Asian-American player in the NBA and the veteran guard admits it’s tough sometimes.
Lin says he’s hoping more Asians come into the league soon so he can have his fellow brothers in the NBA with him.
“At times it kind of sucks,” Lin told Cary Chow of the Undefeated. “At other times it’s amazing. Amazing because you get to challenge everyone’s viewpoints and perspectives. I’m rooting for so many more Asians to come in.
“Last year, when I was with Brooklyn and we had Ding [Yanyuhang] on the summer league team, I was like, ‘Dude, please make the team. We’d have so much fun together during the season.’ I’ve taken teammates to Taiwan and to China and they love it. They’re like, ‘I want to be a part of that.’ It’s been amazing. I don’t think I’ve had one player who’s gone over and told me they didn’t want to come back.”
Lin was waived by the Atlanta Hawks last week and he signed with the Raptors after clearing waivers. There’s a large Asian-American community in Toronto.
In 52 games this season with the Hawks and Raptors, Lin is averaging 10.7 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists while shooting 46.6 percent from the field and 32.6 percent from the 3-point line.