Jeremy Lin was one of the guests at the “Annual Meeting of the New Champions” interviews at the World Economic Forum (WEF) event held from June 26 to 28, 2016 in Tianjin, China. While Lin is one of the most talked about free agents in the 2016 offseason, Lin took time off to talk about other topics.
The NBA player, who has suited up for various teams since entering the league in 2010, talked about many issues including his identity as a player being Asian-American , about how he deals with stress and fans during the NBA season and how he plans to do more off the court and have an effect on people outside of being a basketball player.
Jeremy Lin, who holds a college degree out of Harvard University, specifically mentioned about underprivileged children and how he wants to help them through various programs.
Lin was also asked about the level of competition in the Chinese local league, the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) and said that it “will only get better” because of the presence of some NBA pros joining the team in recent years.
Lin also added that he hopes the two Chinese players who was picked in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft will get their chances of making their respective teams. The two Chinese players drafted were Zhou Qi (Houston Rockets) and Wang Zhelin (Memphis Grizzlies).
“My dream is, when I get old and have gray hair and everything, is to be able see in the NBA a bunch of Asians. I want to see the Asians like we see the European players in the NBA. That would be awesome,” Lin said in the interview.
Jeremy Lin also talked about playing with humility inside the court and stated that he looks up to Stephen Curry and his demeanor on how to play the game with confidence but still remain humble on and off the court.
The WEF, according to its official website, is “committed to improving the state of the world” and that it “engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.”
Jeremy Lin is involved in many speculations this summer being a free agent. July 1 is the official date of free agency and teams linked to the the Asian-American guard are the Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls and Dallas Mavericks, among others.
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