Jeremy Lin left behind a lot to pursue his NBA dream, but he feels like he’s meant to be a NBA player and he wants to pursue the opportunity.
“I just wanted to give it another shot and see how it goes,” Lin said on NBC Sports Bay Area's “Race in America: A Candid Conversation."
“I guess there’s so many reasons why, but some of it also has to do with my faith in terms of -- I felt like this was the path I needed to take.”
Lin wants to be “content with the journey” in order to find fulfillment in his destination, which ultimately is the NBA.
Lin admitted before he was struggling with fears back when he was an up-and-comer in his early career, but he feels he has grown since those days. He’s ready for his chance after signing a one-year contract with the G League Warriors back in January.
“It would mean a lot,” Lin said. “That’s always something that, ever since I was out two years ago, something that I felt like I wanted to find a way to get back in.”
When Lin decided to leave the China Basketball Association after playing the 2020 season with the Beijing Ducks, he left a seven-figure contract behind him and a life of being labeled as a rock star. He had an unbelievable amount of fan support and even admitted people must have thought he was crazy to surrender all of that to come back to the states.
Call it crazy, but in a way, it’s quite admirable.
“Honestly it would mean so much to me without a doubt, but I really just want to also embrace the moment, and the journey and the process of everything,” Lin said.
For now, Lin has been doing his part contributing to Santa Cruz in the G League bubble in Orlando, Fla., averaging 19.6 points and 7.2 assists per game as he continues to work on his return to the NBA hardcourt.