NBA veteran Jeremy Lin has explained his return to the Beijing Ducks , telling fans that the announcement came so soon because of Chinese visas and Covid-19 quarantine forcing the deadline for the decision. The nine-year NBA star confirmed that he was returning to the Chinese Basketball Association last week on his social media, before explaining the reason for his decision in a follow-up video. “Just excited to announce I’m signing with the Beijing Ducks this year and I know a lot of you guys might be wondering why, why so soon? With the visa situation, with the quarantine and the start of the season I had my deadline that I had to decide by. “I’m very excited to be joining the Ducks. I think for me I’m really proud of my NBA career, I’m proud and thankful to all the fans, you guys who supported me along the way. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jeremy Lin 林書豪 (@jlin7) “It was a great nine years and for the last two years, last two off-seasons, I’ve kind of pursued the NBA comeback – even last season, the G League.” Lin’s video message came almost two years to the day that the 32-year-old won the NBA championship with the Toronto Raptors. ‘I’m back’ – Jeremy Lin returns to China with Beijing Ducks He has not played in the NBA since, despite his attempts to make a comeback this season and starring in the NBA G League with the Santa Cruz Warriors. Instead, he will return to the CBA with the Ducks, who he took to the play-offs in the 2019-20 season before returning to the US for another shot at the NBA. “But to me I have something great in Beijing. The Ducks have always treated me with open arms, so I am just excited to get back on the court. See you guys in October.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jeremy Lin 林書豪 (@jlin7) Lin marked the two-year anniversary of his NBA championship win on social media – “2 years ago today!!, he wrote on Instagram with a photo of him lifting the NBA trophy in his Toronto uniform. He also posted a trophy emoji and the team’s “We The North” hashtag.