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Jeremy Lin Issues Emotional Message on Why He’s Leaving CBA to Rekindle NBA Dream

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NBA journeyman Jeremy Lin is looking to make a comeback.

The 32-year-old is leaving the Chinese Basketball Association’s Beijing Ducks in order to try to revive his NBA career.

“This decision has really been the hardest in my life,” Lin said in a video posted on Weibo. “I haven’t been able to sleep these last two, three weeks. Every morning I’ve been getting up at 4 or 5 a.m., thinking non-stop about it. I still feel I’ve got an NBA dream. And I’ve still got time to keep playing.”

He posted a similar message on his personal Instagram page.

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This is gonna be my realest caption ever lol We love to tell kids to dream big but we don’t often talk about the fears they might face. Truth is, fear is a BEAST. It snuck up on me. Through all my career failures, setbacks and injuries. Through the pain of being traded, cut and having no offers. Through the depths of global embarassment, unmet expectations and crushed dreams. Through it all, I found myself a year ago battered – carrying so much emotional baggage. I signed in the CBA, it took a whole season, but God really came through for me. He taught me how to play to win again vs playing to not lose. To know the shots going in vs hoping its going in. To dream big again vs thinking everythings a setup for disappointment. To be a killer on the court with the talent He gave me 100% for His glory. This isn't about chasing the shadow of Linsanity. Or proving anyone right or wrong. Or about money, fame, reputation or power. It's about God's glory and kingdom. It's about goin right at all my past traumas and fears, instead of being forever crippled by them. It's ultimately about when I see God face-to-face that I could say through HIS strength, I lived with big big faith. I couldn't sleep right for 3 weeks with this decision weighing over me. I was brought to tears trying to verbalize the struggle to my family. I analyzed facts, but the reality is that faith ultimately comes down to taking a step towards what you can't see yet. Despite being beyond grateful with sooo much that the CBA, China, and all my Asia fans gave me this past season, today I decided to not return to the Beijing Ducks next season. Instead I will be waiting for free agency and preparing myself for the NBA — and continuing my greatest dream. And maybe the result is a footnote, and this decision today was the true test. New chapter, new mindset, new me. Work smarter, aim higher, reach further. And smile along the way! 2 Timothy 1:7 #FaithOverFear

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Lin last played for the Toronto Raptors during the 2018-19 season, winning an NBA title.

After his magical “Linsanity” run with the New York Knicks during the 2011-12 campaign, Lin bounced around multiple teams over the next seven seasons.

While he never regained the magic of that 2011-12 season, he was a solid point guard for multiple years.

Injuries derailed his career with the Brooklyn Nets. Then, he was utilized in a bench role for the Atlanta Hawks and Raptors last season.

For his career, Lin averaged 11.6 points, 4.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 25.5 minutes per game.

It will be interesting to see if he can latch onto an NBA roster next season.



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