It’s been a tough first week in the Chinese Basketball Association for Jeremy Lin. The Beijing Ducks star has had a rude introduction to the league, starting with his debut against the Tianjin Pioneers last weekend. That game finished with Lin’s knees bleeding through his white support tights. An injury that he picked up in the game. He then went and did his postgame media commitments, waiting for his turn rather than being moved up the order to go and get treatment. His first home game at a packed Cadillac Arena in Beijing saw his left forearm covered in blood from another injury caused by the attentions of the Shandong defence. While his third game was blood free, it was not without incident. Lin was sent to the floor six times against the Shanghai Sharks on Friday night. At one point he had two defenders rolling around with him as they scrambled for the ball. Lin has been floored 25 times in three games. He has been double and triple teamed with opponents seeming to put in extra effort against the new star man. Welcome to China. This is part of the learning curve for Lin. It is also a cause for concern because rightly or wrongly he has a reputation for being injury prone. Injuries have been a constant throughout his career. Even back in 2012 at the height of Linsanity, it was arthroscopic surgery for a partially torn meniscus that ended that run before the Miami Heat ended the Knicks postseason hopes in the play-offs. Lin sat out the play-offs and the final push to them. Jeremy Lin relishing life in China with Beijing Ducks – ‘I got the chance to lead a team’ He only missed a couple of games in his first season with the Houston Rockets, a chest contusion from a collision driving to the basket. Lin would miss 11 games of the following season with knee and back troubles. More knee issues kept him out at the Los Angeles Lakers. A spate of hamstring injuries limited Lin to 36 games in his first season with the Brooklyn Nets in 2016-17 and they were looking forward to him playing a larger part the following season. That was not to be. Lin’s 2017-2018 season lasted just 43 minutes and seven seconds of the opening game. A bad landing after a lay-up left Lin in tears and his right patella tendon ruptured. As Lin has spoken of, that was a low point. “It’s like nothing is guaranteed. I’m healthy today, but you never know,” he said on his return to New York with the Atlanta Hawks. “The game can be taken away in half a second.” He’s standing up to the physical treatment so far and he’s showed that he’s not a weak one in week one. His coach Yannis Christopoulos is happy with Lin’s displays of toughness. “I think this is a good thing,” he told reporters. “This just proves how strong he is. He can withstand such defensive intensity. If everyone in the league can do this, it is a good thing for the development of Chinese basketball in the future.” In the present, Chinese basketball will see more physicality dished out to Lin. He’s the face of the franchise, if not the league, just three games in and this comes with it. Jeremy Lin is that dude. @SLAMKicks (via @kwawa_hsuk302 ) pic.twitter.com/hLfNihEnh9 — SLAM (@SLAMonline) November 3, 2019 He’s putting in MVP performances despite the unwanted attention, averaging 25 points per game. Those are not the numbers fans normally want from a foreign aid – Jimmer Fredette scored 75 in a game for the Shanghai Sharks last season and there have already been two 50-point performances from foreigners this season – but Lin is different. The Ducks man is making good on his promise to balance shouldering the scoring burden with setting up chances for his teammates. He would have more assists if they made more of those chances. Not that he’s going to make that point. Lin has praised his teammates in his interviews and he has taken the responsibility for any underperforming. He also told the media before Friday’s game against the Shanghai Sharks that he is still getting used to the differences between the CBA and the NBA. Media reported: @JLin7 had a knee bleeding and bruised eyes during debut game. At the half time, a commentator joked: On seeing Jeremy, the opponent's players were all excited, highly active to defend. For some players, if they can block Jeremy, they may brag for a few days. pic.twitter.com/oeFEmqs6dQ — Popo Chung (@PopoChung7) November 4, 2019 The smaller three point arc is one of them and might be to blame for his poor percentage from beyond the line. That’s been under more scrutiny since he announced he would give away 3,000 yuan (US$429) to charity for every three he nets. The Ducks agreed to match it. Lin didn’t make a three in Tianjin but he still won everyone over by giving away his game-worn shoes to a young fan. He did the same after the two games since. Moves like this are why he is already a fan favourite and why the team are selling out stadiums. The Ducks will have to hope that Lin is injury free long enough to show his all-star qualities on the court too.