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“Linsanity” heads to China

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August 27, 2019 - 12:31 pm
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By Charlie O @Charlieo1320

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This is not a story about the trade issues with China. It is a follow up story about Jeremy Lin that we published several weeks ago. At that time, Lin was in Taiwan and broke down during a television interview over not being offered a contract by any of the 30 NBA teams after nine years in “the Association”.

The situation was quite sad and troubling to watch play out in public. Here was a man who had become an overnight sensation in the NBA and then enjoyed a successful nine season career talking about not finding “rock bottom” yet as he was realizing his NBA days may be ending.

Lin has new opportunity

Lin – who is the first player of Chinese descent to play in the NBA – will be taking his talents to China. He has signed a contract to play for the Beijing Shougang Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association. Lin will now have the chance to expand his fan base that has been following him since the days of “Linsanity” with the Knicks.

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

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The Ducks have brought in former NBA stars to help them win in years past. Stephon Marbury helped the team win three CBA titles during his time in Beijing.

Lin will join two former NBA players in Beijing

The Ducks – who finished in fifth place with a 35-18 record last season – will have two additional former NBA players on their roster.

Power Forward Ekpe Udoh – who played for the Jazz last season – will join the Ducks this year. Udoh was originally drafted by the Warriors and has also played for Milwaukee and the Clippers.

Center Justin Hamilton was on the Ducks roster this season. The 7-footer played three seasons in the NBA. His last stop was in Brooklyn.

Jimmer in China

Former Sacramento Kings player Jimmer Fredette played in China in 2018. Fredette made headlines around the world when he scored 75 points in a game for his team – the Shanghai Sharks. Fredette scored 40 of those points in the final quarter of the game.

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