Article by: Zach Henley
Free Agent Jeremy Lin is having a very difficult off-season. Coming fresh off winning a championship with Toronto, the point guard expected to find a new team by now. In his career, Lin has averaged 11.6 points, with 4.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds.
“Linsanity” started in 2012, when Lin played for the New York Knicks. In may be the biggest game of his NBA timeline, Lin tallied 38 points against one of the best players of all time, Kobe Bryant. Alongside with Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudamire, Lin was helping the Knicks turn their season into a playoff season. The Knicks went 36-30 and clinched the number 7 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Knicks and the city of New York were very excited headed into the playoffs, but they knew it wasn’t an easy road. Their first challenge was the Lebron-led Miami Heat. The Knicks would end up losing the series 4-2 and have a first-round exit.
After the 2012 season, the Knicks did not bring Lin back and the point guard found a home with the Houston Rockets. After 2 years and an average of 12.9 PPG, Lin moved on to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers. Lin played in 74 games and averaged 11 points. Over the next 5 years, Lin would play for 4 different teams and average around 12 points per game. After “Linsanity” in New York, Lin couldn’t find a consistent home for more than 2 years.
Although being the first Asian born player to win a championship, Lin feels like the league has given up on him as a key player. In an interview, Lin stated “Every year it gets harder…. In some ways the NBA has given up on me.” The 30-year-old point guard will continue to work hard for a mew NBA home, but until then, do you think Lin has more to give?
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