Jeremy Lin’s Beijing Ducks move is his opportunity to write another chapter as the star player that ‘Linsanity’ teased
- NBA champion is expected to help new side challenge for CBA title, just like Stephon Marbury delivered three-times
- Time still on 31-year-old’s side to fulfil his New York Knicks promise in China
It’s good business for both sides. There are going to be countless commercial opportunities for Lin in China and the Ducks have increased their profile and got fans excited about the coming season.
Some people will look at that injury record and see it as a gamble, but the other side of that coin is that he has not suffered the wear and tear of 10 years in the NBA. Lin’s played 480 games in the last decade with his most for a season being 82 back in Houston. He could have five more seasons in him.
His workload is going to be much less intensive than in the US – there are only 46 regular-season games compared with 82 in the NBA. Potentially there are another 24 in the play-offs but that’s still only 70.
Lin isn’t allowed to play the whole game anyway. Foreigners are limited to six quarters collectively and only one is allowed in the fourth quarter. You would assume that will be Lin.
Lin has not been the go-to guy since Linsanity took root at the Knicks – later teams trusted other players with the ball while injury meant his time at the Nets remains a “what if”. That has changed in China.
He arrives as the team’s genuine star, he’ll be the face of the franchise and will shoulder everything that goes with that. There is going to be pressure because there is expectation.
Dreams of a fourth CBA title have been allowed to take flight at the Ducks since Lin signed. He is the one fans will want to see as the game clock counts down.
That’s what he has always wanted. “Thankful my coach and my teammates trust me with the ball at the end of the game,” he said after his buzzer beater finished off the Raptors in 2012 during that “Linsanity” run. “I like having it at the end of the game.”
In a league where foreigners are limited, he’s no longer the anomaly but there will be no less scrutiny on his performances.
“I’ve always known that my journey in some ways would end in China.” Lin told Radii earlier this summer. Now he gets to write how it ends.