Jeremy Lin’s NBA championship hangover seems to be over and done with as reality now starts to sink in. Despite having the distinction of being the first American-Asian to win an NBA title, it remains that no team has given the 30-year-old a call-up for the 2019-20 wars. There were several teams singled out as potential destinations, but nothing has materialized as of this writing.
When Lin appeared at a Taiwan event, Linsanity narrated the hardships he endured the past NBA seasons. It is no secret that Lin has become a journeyman since invading the league back in 2010 although it was never a smooth journey. His only notable performances were with the New York Knicks, Charlotte Hornets, and the Atlanta Hawks. These were stints on the rebound, opportunities for him to rebuild his NBA career.
"I've given more of myself to God every single year," Lin said via the Instagram account of TSN. "And every year it gets harder. In English, there's a saying and it says: Once you hit rock bottom, the only way is up, but rock bottom just seems to keep getting more and more rock bottom for me."
There is no question that frustration is written all over Lin during this interview, and it came to a point where he said that the NBA has given up on him. While a lot of hoop critics are bound to unlikely care, the fact remains that Lin needs to find a way to rebuild himself and capture the fancy of NBA teams. A return to the CBA is an option and the latest was that CSKA Moscow was interested in his services, Sportando said. Seeing how the American-Asian is likely to receive an NBA minimum and come off the bench, considering a trip to Russia or even the Chinese Basketball Association could reward him better financially.
If one looks back to his performance when he joined the Toronto Raptors, he hardly made a mark. Most would remember his contributions to the Atlanta Hawks before he got waived. Toronto signed up Lin, but this was more of a backup to Fred VanVleet. He admits that he had mixed feelings on winning the NBA title with the Raptors but later on realized he did make contributions like other players – regardless of how small it was.
Lin faces a dim future if he stands pat on preferring to wait for an NBA team. There are opportunities overseas, but it ultimately depends if this is a road he is willing to follow.