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Jeremy Lin announces return to Beijing Ducks for next season

Jeremy Lin return

This photo taken on August 4, 2020 shows Beijing Ducks’ Jeremy Lin driving the ball during the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) match between Beijing Ducks and Guangdong Southern Tigers in Qingdao in China’s eastern Shandong province. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)

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Jeremy Lin wasn’t just a marketing draw in China, he was an elite player. In his one season for the Beijing Ducks, Lin averaged 22.3 points and 5.6 assists per game, leading the Ducks to the semifinals of the Chinese Basketball Association.

Lin gave up all that last year to make one more run at the NBA, trying to earn his way back through playing in the G-League for the Santa Cruz Warriors. Lin made headlines standing up against racism against Asians, and he put up decent numbers, but in the end, Lin did not get a call up to the NBA.

Instead, he is headed back to Beijing, he announced.

Lin should make the Ducks a force on the court, and his popularity there is good for his brand.