Raptors guard Jeremy Lin’s message after winning NBA championship
Toronto Raptors guard Jeremy Lin did not see a lot of action in the 2019 NBA Finals, but it did not stop him from celebrating his first NBA championship.
Lin, who only played a minute in their 2019 NBA Finals series against the Golden State Warriors, posted a heartfelt message on Instagram along with a photo of his family with the Larry O’Brien trophy. The 30-year-old guard expressed how proud he is for being the first Asian-American to win an NBA championship.
The Taiwanese-American guard added that he will proudly continue representing Asians in the league. He also expressed gratitude to his family, saying that he will not reach his current success of not for them. He said that his family stood behind him despite all the negative stuff thrown at him.
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First Asian-American ever to be an NBA champ!! Promise Ill never stop reppin Asians with everything I have! GOD established my step after step after step, allowing me to be 9 inches taller and over 70 lbs more than my parents. And def wouldn’t be here without my FAMILY! While others mocked, my family supported me all the way through. Thanks for believing in me and always always having my back…miss you @joshlin33 @patriciaylin #Godsplan #asianinvasion Proverbs 16:3
Lin started the season with the Atlanta Hawks, where he played 51 games, and averaged 10.7 points on top of 3.5 assists and 2.3 rebounds. The Palo Alto, California native then reached a buyout agreement with the Hawks, which gave him an opportunity to sign with a playoff team.
Lin eventually landed with the Raptors, who were shoring up their bench crew back then in preparation for a deep playoff run. The Harvard University standout appeared in 23 regular-season games for Toronto, where he averaged 7.0 points and 2.2 assists in 18.8 minutes per game.