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Jeremy Lin reflects on lessons he's learned as an Asian American chasing NBA dreams


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   Negativity   52.00%
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SectionsTVFeaturedMore from NBC Follow NBC News Even after announcing this week that he’d let go of his dreams of returning to the NBA, trading them in for an uncertain future, basketball star Jeremy Lin says he still remains “hopeful.” He also closed this chapter of his life with some profound lessons, particularly for Asian Americans.Lin, who passed the torch to the next generation of Asian American ballers in a raw, emotional social media post on Wednesday, told NBC Asian America that at this crossroads in his career, he’s “trying to figure out what’s next.” But the past few months of playing in the G league, in the hopes of securing a 10-day NBA contract, has further confirmed a feeling he’s long had about being an Asian American player in a field so lacking in representation — that Asian Americans need to fiercely root for themselves.If they don’t build themselves up, Lin said, it’s rare anyone else will.“What I would really love to see conveyed to the next generation is this belief of confidence, and having a deep confidence and security in who you are, and not being ashamed of that,” Lin said. “That is not something that will come naturally, because society is not going to instill that.” Lin, 32, a point guard who made history as the first American-born player of Taiwanese descent in the NBA, spent the 2020 season playing overseas in China for the Beijing Ducks. Even when I was in the NBA when I was young, no player was ever like, ‘Look, man, I see a lot of potential in you, I'm going to teach you everything I know,’" Lin said. Even when I was in the NBA when I was young, no player was ever like, ‘Look, man, I see a lot of potential in you, I'm going to teach you everything I know,’" Lin said.

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