Thursday, August 29, 2019

"The First" - NYT Article re JLin

Good article in the NY Times today about Jeremy.
Seven years after “Linsanity” took over the N.B.A., and months after he became the first Asian-American player to win a championship ring, Jeremy Lin has signed with the Beijing Shougang Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association, the team announced on Tuesday. 
There was a chilly N.B.A. free agency market for Lin, 31, who split last season between the Atlanta Hawks and Toronto Raptors. He played only 27 minutes for the Raptors in the playoffs, including just one mop-up minute in the finals. 
But to his legions of fans, he always meant more than his on-court numbers. He is one of the few players of Asian-American descent to make it to the N.B.A., and the first to become an international phenomenon, in 2012, when he went on a stunning run for the New York Knicks. Once overlooked by scouts, he has earned more than $65 million in his career.
JLin has always been about more than just basketball.  Years from now, I'm sure we'll hear even more about the difficulties he faced in being one of the first Asian-Americans in the modern era to play in the NBA.

In the meantime, we'll continue to follow his career in China.  And, who knows, there may be another opportunity in the NBA before he hangs up his shoes and calls it a career.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Jeremy signs with the Beijing Ducks!

Here's a link to the ESPN story.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Waiting on JLin...found Keston and Collin

Love this Lecrae video!:



As the wait continues, I've discovered (actually started following these guys a little earlier) a few other up and coming Asian American Athletes.




Keston Hiura is from SoCal and is half Japanese and half Chinese. He is a stud! Definitely All-Star potential and possible Rookie of the Year.


https://www.foxsports.com/wisconsin/story/milwaukee-brewers-diamondbacks-christian-yelich-keston-hiura-071819










Collin Morikawa also from SoCal and is on the rise!

https://www.sfchronicle.com/collegesports/article/Cal-alum-Collin-Morikawa-makes-loud-immediate-14086121.php






There are two half Asian American basketball players who will be in the NBA. Jalen Green's mom is Filipino and Johnny Juzang's mom is Vietnamese. But it's been 10 years and I still don't see any pure Asian American basketball players on the horizon. This shows you how unique and amazing Jeremy Lin is. Maybe you could even call him an Asian American basketball Unicorn.

Johnny Juzang:



Jalen Green:

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Free Agency and what to expect?

With Free Agency beginning tomorrow, Jeremy will most likely be heading to a new team. I'm just hoping and praying for one more opportunity for him to get into a rotation. No preference or expectations but just somewhere that he can get minutes. This could be a long process so we may have to be very patient.

Monday, June 17, 2019

The "Ring"






Deep insights:







Just got back from vacation and had some time to process this Championship journey for Jeremy. For me, it's been very bittersweet. I'm happy for Jeremy that he's been able to reach his final goal of winning an NBA ring. However, as a long time die-hard Lin fan, it's been very tough to find true joy in it. I think the main reason is knowing Jeremy is not an end of the bench player at this point in his career. This could have been the perfect opportunity to show the world that he can still play and be a rotational player on a Championship team. However, circumstances where such that things just didn't work out. We've talked about it and Jeremy has as well ad nauseam.

It was great to hear in this podcast his extreme motivation for next season.  With the craziness that is the NBA, it should be another unpredictable season and who knows where he will wind up. With one healthy season under his belt and a short offseason coming up, Jeremy knows now more than ever what he needs to bring to a team next season. The "Ring" chapter is complete. Now, on to the next...