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Lin knows he belongs in NBA after G League Warriors stint

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Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin isn’t ready to hang up the sneakers just yet.

He has been awaiting an opportunity from a NBA franchise after auditioning for teams at the G League bubble in Orlando, Fla., with the Santa Cruz Warriors. The 32-year-old Lin recently told Marc Stein of the New York Times that he remains confident even though he hasn’t latched on with any professional team.

"I know I'm an NBA player," Lin told Stein. "I know I'm a better shooter. I know I'm a better defender. I know I'm more well-rounded as a basketball player. I know these things, but I just needed a chance to show it." 

Lin said teams approached him about playing in the G League in order to see him with NBA rules and in a NBA-like setting, as opposed to the international basketball he was playing last season with Beijing Ducks in China.

He finished as the G League’s seventh-leading scorer, averaging 19.8 points per game on 50.5 shooting from the field and 42.6 percent from 3-point land. He also averaged 6.4 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game.

Check out his highlights from the Sea Dubs’ loss in the G League playoffs semifinals:

 

"I've done what I needed to do," Lin told Stein. "I took on the challenge. I went to the G League when some people thought it was crazy for me to go. I think it's just a matter of time, and I believe it's going to happen. We'll see. I know I belong." 

For the first time in his life, Lin competed against players who told him they watched his highlights growing up. But Lin said he enjoyed playing against the youngbloods.

“Ever since I was out of the league, I’ve been looking for an opportunity to get back in,” Lin said. “Now you can put your money where your mouth is and compete against all these hungry players. It’s the ultimate competitors’ den where everyone in there is just going at each other.”

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As it stands now, Lin’s final NBA act was winning the 2019 Finals with the Toronto Raptors in the last game at Oracle Arena. 

It doesn’t make much sense for the Warriors to bring him back now, given their full roster, looming luxury tax bill and the recent development of young guards Jordan Poole and Nico Mannion.

The Sea Dubs gave Lin a shot, but it looks like he’ll have to remain patient for the call from another franchise.

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