This move had been a number of weeks in the making, as Lin had planned to sign with the Golden State Warriors. However, the Warriors didn’t receive Lin’s Letter of Clearance from FIBA on time. This led to a delay in proceedings.
The 32-year-old spent the 2019-20 season playing in the Chinese Basketball Association with the Beijing Ducks. Where he averaged 22.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 5.6 assists, on 49.1% shooting. From 3-point land he shot at a 33.8% rate.
He had initially agreed to a move that would allow him to be signed and waived by the Warriors, through an Exhibit-10 contract, so that he could land with Santa Cruz. Which he has ended up doing anyway, through the new NBA veteran exception rule.
The former Knicks standout joins Santa Cruz in the hope of resurrecting his once-promising NBA career. He will join the team in an Orlando-based bubble that commences on February 9. The bubble will be based in Disney World, on the same campus that the end of the 2019-20 NBA season took place
The Return of Linsanity?:
Most NBA fans will remember Lin from his time with the New York Knicks when “Linsanity” was born. During a six-game span in 2012, he exploded for an average of 26.8 points and 8.5 assists. This short span catapulted Lin into worldwide fame and created the well-renowned phrase.
The 6-foot-3 guard has had a healthy NBA career to date, but was never able to recreate the perfect storm that occurred in New York. Aside from the Knicks, Lin has also featured for the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Charlotte Hornets, Toronto Raptors, Atlanta Hawks, and Brooklyn Nets.
His return to the Warriors, where his career in the NBA started, is a bittersweet moment. In addition, it marks a homecoming for the 2019 NBA Champion.
Lin was born and raised in Palo Alto, California. He played high-school basketball at Palo Alto High school, before playing at the college level with Harvard. He holds the illustrious honor of being the first American, of Chinese or Taiwanese descent, to play in the NBA.
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