Jeremy Lin chose an opportunity with the G League Santa Cruz Warriors over continuing to play professionally in China, hoping to catch on with the organization and possibly earn a spot back in the NBA.
Although Lin has been banged up and been limited to five of the Warriors' 12 games in the G League bubble in Orlando, Fla., rookie guard Nico Mannion spoke following Sunday's win over the Austin Spurs about how much he has appreciated the veteran's leadership.
Mannion and Lin's combined 52-point effort fueled the eighth straight win for Santa Cruz on Sunday, as the Sea Dubs now are just a half-game behind the Erie Bayhawks for the best record in the bubble.
Lin has averaged 19.6 points and 7.2 assists per game in five appearances for the G League Warriors. At 32 years old, the Palo Alto native is the elder statesmen on a team almost entirely made up of players yet to reach their 25th birthday.
Especially for a player like Mannion, a second-round draft pick of the Warriors back in November who the organization wanted to get more playing time by competing in the G League, being able to soak up knowledge from Lin has been a tremendous resource.
Mannion and Jordan Poole, the G League's second-leading scorer, likely will be returning to the Warriors' NBA bench once G League play concludes, and getting to work alongside Lin should serve them well.