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Jeremy Lin leaves China and is ready to return to the NBA

Beijing Ducks point guard Jeremy Lin said Tuesday he will be leaving the Chinese Basketball Association so he can attempt a comeback in the NBA during the 2020-21 season.

Lin made the announcement on Weibo (via Channel News Asia).

“This decision was truly the most difficult of my life,” he said. “Every morning I would wake up at 4 or 5 in the morning, thinking, thinking and thinking all the time. In the end, even though Shougang treated me incredibly well … giving me everything I wanted, in the end, I feel it I still have dreams NBA. I still have time to play and I have to chase this. “

Lin also thanked his fans for their support and provided details of an exciting reunion with his family to share his plans.

“I know a lot of my fans have been around me no matter if I was injured,” he said on Weibo. “Why was this decision so difficult? Yesterday, when I shared it with my family and friends, when I told them that I should leave China, I cried.”

The 32-year-old California native signed with the Ducks in August 2019. He averaged 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.8 steals in 39 regular-season appearances. He shot 49.1% from the field, including 33.8% from three points.

Beijing was knocked out of the 2020 CBA playoffs by the Southern Guangdong Tigers in early August during the semi-final.

Lin was the rising star of the 2011-12 NBA season when he came out of nowhere to become a key contributor to the New York Knicks. The period became known as “Linsanity”.

After a season of putting up big numbers in China, Lin will return to the United States looking for another chance to shine in the NBA.