Life moves fast in the NBA.
Just last month, Jeremy Lin was celebrating a Raptors championship, flashing a wide smile as champagne mist filled the visitors’ locker room of Oracle Arena.
This weekend on Taiwanese television, Lin said that he’s been far from that mountaintop of joy this July.
“Free agency has been tough, ’cause I feel like in some ways the NBA’s kind of given up on me,” Lin said, crying.
Three weeks after the NBA’s free agency period began, Lin remains unsigned. He played 73 games between Atlanta and Toronto last season, but fell out of the Raptors rotation during their playoff run.
“In English, there’s a saying, and it says ‘Once you’ve hit rock bottom, the only way is up.’ But rock bottom just seems to keep getting more and more rock bottom for me,” Lin said.
The Palo Alto High School product and one-time Warriors undrafted rookie gained worldwide acclaim early in 2012 when he came out of nowhere to lead the Knicks to seven straight victories, largely without star Carmelo Anthony.
That run led to a lucrative deal with the Houston Rockets and gave him staying power in the NBA, but he’s now questioning whether he has a place in the league anymore after nine years.
Lin’s appearance was on the Christian television network GOOD TV, and he spoke about his struggles with his faith, especially with the ups and downs of his NBA career.
“I’ve given more of myself to God every single year, and every year it gets harder,” Lin said.
You can watch his full speech on GOOD TV here: