Check out how basketball fans reacted to former NBA star and Bay Area native Jeremy Lin saying “the NBA has kind of given up on me.”
Former NBA star Jeremy Lin is a long way from the days of Linsanity, when the guard was dominating games in the front court for the New York Knicks.
The Palo Alto native recently got emotional about how difficult it’s been for him to play in the NBA the last few years. He made the comments about his 2019 free agency and bouncing around from team to team at an event in Taiwan. Since his breakout year with the Knicks in the 2011-12 season, he’s had one stint in the NBA’s G League and has played for five teams the last five seasons.
And even though Lin won a championship with the last team he played for, the Toronto Raptors, and became the first Asian-American basketball player to win an NBA title, he played scant minutes for the team.
“In English, there’s a saying: Once you hit rock bottom, the only way is up,” Lin said through tears in a video that’s gone viral.
“But… rock bottom just seems to getting more and more rock bottom for me. And so free agency has been tough because I feel like the NBA has kind of given up on me. And I always knew that if I gave anybody a reason to doubt that they would.”
There’s been a mixed reaction to Lin’s comments, with some showing support and others more critical.
Trae Young, who played with Lin for the Atlanta Hawks before Lin was traded to the Raptors, wrote on Twitter that he’ll “ALWAYS be a fan” of his former teammate. “Dude can HOOOOP, But is never selfish, it’s always about others and the Team First… The real ones know Bro!! I’ll always have your back… You not done yet,” he added.
After reading the bevy of encouragement that came in for Lin, who started his career with the Golden State Warriors, someone else pointed out the hypocrisy of cheering for Lin’s success while laughing at the free agency difficulties of a former teammate of his – Carmelo Anthony.
“Y’all crying for Jeremy Lin because no one’s signed him yet but laugh at Carmelo Anthony? Y’all weirdos,” they wrote.
Some people took the opportunity to poke fun at Lin, but media producer Kazeem Famuyide, who works for SLAM magazine, said that Lin’s experience is common for pro ballers who are not top-tier stars.
“It’s easy to cut Jeremy Lin jokes, but this really goes for so many hoopers,” he wrote. “When you know it’s a wrap, it’s emotional as hell. Especially being that famous.”
This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/nba-jeremy-lin-emotional-free-agency-linsanity-14191458.php.