Jeremy Lin opens up on tough time as free agent

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Taiwanese-American point guard Jeremy Lin

Taiwanese-American point guard Jeremy Lin

Taipei, July 29 (CNA) Taiwanese-American point guard Jeremy Lin (林書豪) said Sunday in Taiwan that he is just an ordinary person, in response to an emotional outburst he made the previous day on his current difficult period as a free agent.

Lin, who has remained unsigned since leaving the Toronto Raptors after winning the NBA championship with them in June, said Saturday at an Evangelical event in New Taipei that "free agency has been tough, because I feel like in some ways, the NBA's kind of given up on me."

After suffering a knee injury back in 2017, Lin said he thought the next season would be different.

"But then free agency came around, and this was the last straw that broke the camel's back," he said.

"Man it's hard. Life is hard," he said.

The NBA champion, who signed with the Toronto Raptors in February this year after a buyout agreement with the Atlanta Hawks, said: "In English there's a saying and it says once you hit rock bottom, the only way is up. But rock bottom just seems to keep getting more and more rock bottom for me."

"After the season I had to get ready for this Asia trip. And it was the last thing I wanted to do, because I knew for six weeks I would have to just put on a smile," he said.

"I would have to talk about a championship that I don't feel like I really earned. I would have to talk about a future I don't know if I want to have. And honestly, it's just embarrassing. It's tough."

Lin was referring to the championship he won June 13 when he played for just one minute in the NBA Finals but still got his championship ring.

"Nowadays I spend more time thinking about quitting," Lin said.

"I always tell myself if I have a son I don't want him to make the NBA. You don't have to deal with fame, you don't have to deal with living your life and having all your failures on display to the world," he said.

On Sunday, the 30-year-old said at a promotional event in Taipei that he hopes by telling his story, people will realize he is just an ordinary person trying to be authentic.

The one-time NBA sensation said he will try not to dwell on the future and try to take things step by step.

Lin rose to fame in 2012 when he helped lead the New York Knicks to wins in each of his first seven games, and "Linsanity" was born. Since then, he has played for several teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers, the Charlotte Hornets, the Brooklyn Nets and the Atlanta Hawks.

In his 480-game career, Lin has averaged 11.6 points and 4.3 assists per game.

Lin left Taiwan Sunday for a Chinese Basketball Association audition event in Shanghai as part of his annual Asian tour.

(By Huang Chiao-wen and Chung Yu-chen)

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