KEY POINTS

  • Jeremy Lin now hopes his sacrifices will reap dividends
  • Lin feels he has done enough in the G-League to merit an NBA return
  • Lin's injuries are expected to be a big factor for NBA teams who may consider him

Jeremy Lin is now left to wait if his decision to take the long road back to the NBA will come to fruition.

The 32-year-old who rose to prominence with the New York Knicks wrapped up his G-League stint and now awaits if his efforts are enough to complete his NBA comeback dream.

Speaking to the New York Times, “Linsanity” took on the challenge even if critics felt it was crazy for him to take.

Considering Lin had the chance to earn lavishly had he chosen to return and play in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), he heeded some calls for him to pursue his NBA career.

"I took on the challenge. I went to the G League when some people thought it was crazy for me to go. I think it's just a matter of time, and I believe it's going to happen. We'll see. I know I belong," Lin stated.

In his G-League stint with the Santa Clara Warriors, Jeremy Lin averaged 19.8 points per outing and had a more than decent shooting clip of 50.5% in six games.

However, the American-Asian was not spared from injuries, suffering a back issue that some feel would factor in with NBA teams who may consider him.

Regardless, Lin remains adamant that he belongs in the NBA. He feels that he has improved through the years and has made it clear that his ambitious bid is not all about the money but all about making a difference.

"I want to be able to make a difference. I want to bring glory to God through basketball," Lin was quoted as saying via the San Francisco Chronicle.

The Golden State Warriors remain the team most likely to grant him his wish although nothing is set in stone. With NBA playoff-bound teams looking to shore up their lineups, the best the 32-year-old can hope for is a place on a clubs’ bench.

However, getting ample playing time is another story–something that Lin is likely aware of.

Hence, Lin will now await for that chance–a ticket to see if he can complete his daring NBA comeback after sacrificing bigger opportunities elsewhere.

Jeremy Lin of the Beijing Ducks BEIJING, CHINA - DECEMBER 25: Jeremy Lin #7 of Beijing Ducks in action during 2019/2020 CBA League - Beijing Ducks v Xinjiang Yilite at Beijing Wukesong Sport Arena on December 25, 2019 in Beijing, China. Photo: Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images