How seeking therapy helped Lin revitalize his NBA dreams

Jeremy Lin, Warriors

Jeremy Lin is poised to make a comeback in the NBA, but it likely wouldn't have been possible if he hadn't reached out for some help.

Struggling with the lingering pressure of his "Linsanity" days with the New York Knicks in 2012, Lin told the San Francisco Chronicle's Connor Letourneau he began to seek therapy from a renown life coach named Mano Watsa. 

Intensive, hours-long sessions helped Lin come to terms with that pressure, and the resulting disappointment that came from not following his original success. In turn, it led Lin to some much-needed clarity -- and a revitalized passion to return to the NBA. 

“I truly believe that I’m an NBA player, but I’m not in it for the money, the clout, the fame or any of that,” Lin said to the Chronicle. “I want to be able to make a difference. I want to bring glory to God through basketball.”  

Lin knew Watsa as an owner of a company that Lin's foundation had previously partnered with. Although he is based in Toronto, Watsa flew to California to work with Lin, and continued to chat with him for weeks after via FaceTime. 

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While working with Watsa, Lin began to embrace his Linsanity-era. He also realized that he wanted to provide one more inspiring story -- or at least try to.

So, Lin left his superstardom status in China in an attempt to recapture his NBA dreams. After a stellar year with the Beijing Ducks, where he averaged 22.3 points over 39 games, Lin declined a seven-figure deal overseas, opting instead to sign a G League contract with the Santa Cruz Warriors. 

It's a full-circle affair for the 32-year-old, who made his NBA debut with the Warriors in 2010. He caught fire the following season with the Knicks, breaking out into an unfathomable run that would cement his legacy early. However, that rapid success never quite stuck. He became a journeyman through the league in the seasons that followed, playing with six other organizations before heading to the Chinese Basketball Association in 2019.

Now, Lin is back to give the NBA one last go, and he doesn't care that he'll start in the lower ranks. Instead, he just hopes he can inspire people, one more time.

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