Jeremy Lin is excited to see a fellow Chinese player make it back to the NBA after Yi Jianlian signed a one-year $8 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2016 offseason.
Lin, who was born in the United States but is of Chinese descent, welcomed the new Laker via social media.
Yi, who was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2007 NBA Draft, returned to the league after playing for the Guangdong Southern Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) the last five seasons. Yi also played for the New Jersey Nets (2008 to 2010), Washington Wizards (2010 to 2011) and Dallas Mavericks (2012).
Yi was drafted as the sixth overall pick in his rookie draft but he never found a role in the league causing him to return to the lower tier Chinese league.
Yi is coming off a good performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics basketball tournament, where he averaged 20.4 points and 6.6 rebounds although he failed to lead the Chinese squad to a win.
That performance was good enough for the Lakers, who gave him a chance to prove his worth in the NBA and attempt a comeback.
While Yi struggled to stay in the league, Jeremy Lin has continued his improvement in the NBA. Last year for the Charlotte Hornets, he played well and averaged 11.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists last season. This earned Lin a three-year contract with the Brooklyn Nets worth $36 million.
Jeremy Lin also posted a YouTube video showing him playing streetball at a school in Taiwan.
Video courtesy: YouTube/jlin7
Asian and Chinese NBA fans will be excited to see Yi and Lin play next season for the their respective teams. It is unfortunate that they will be playing for the two worst teams in the league, in the Lakers and Nets, but at least the continent of Asia is represented in the NBA.
Photo courtesy: Twitter/JLin7