Jeremy Lin signs with Beijing Ducks, says he doesn't want to recreate Linsanity
The Beijing Ducks have signed Jeremy Lin after he failed to pick up a new deal in the NBA. Not long after the announcement, CGTN Sport Scene spoke to Lin about the move and his expectations for his time in China.
“I was very excited to sign my contract, and it is an honor to be able to join Beijing. I just can’t wait for the season. I don’t think I have been fully healthy for a while and I don’t think I have had my best performances in a few years. So hopefully next year is the year,” Lin told CGTN Sports Scene.
The 31-year-old was on the roster of NBA champions Toronto last season but barely featured in their maiden championship campaign.
“We just spent a lot of time talking to everybody and we felt like this would be the best fit for me from every facet, from the coach to the players, to the culture and to the city and the league,” he commented on his latest move to Beijng.
Lin averaged 11.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists for 8 teams in his 9-year NBA career. The Harvard graduate became known in 2012 during his time with the New York Knicks, where he averaged 24.4 points, 9.1 assist and helped them win 7 straight games and was dubbed "Linsanity". He then played for the Houston Rockets, LA Lakers, Charlotte Hornets, Brooklyn Nets, Atlanta Hawks and finally the Raptors.
“I am not trying to recreate Linsanity, I just want to help our team be as good as we can be,” he remarked even though he said they he is positively looking forward to his latest stint with the CBA side.