Jeremy Lin Returns from Injury: Not Being Somebody Else, I Want to Be Best Version of Myself

By Ruth Wang, October 15, 2018 10:10 AM

Jeremy Lin

"I want to say a lot. Thank you all for your support. I'm back."

This is the statement Jeremy Lin posted to announce his return on Sina microblog on October 2, 2018. 

It had been almost one year since he left the court for a serious knee injury. In a match against the Indiana Pacers on Oct. 19, 2017, the former Brooklyn Nets guard tumbled, which led to a patella tendon rupture in his right knee. He cried out, "I'm done, I'm done..." 

A comment from a professional said that the rupture might require several times more effort than normal people need to recover. 

During that time, Lin believed that God was in control and he was resolved to recover. The last year was also a period when his faith harvest growth through sufferings.

In his latest prayer request, the Christian basket player said that he had been challenging himself to "give God more space to speak into my life". In an exclusive interview with Chinese magazine Portrait, Lin answered that he lost an entire year of his career, but he was confident that would be a turning point at the cost of one year. The return would be greater than what he paid. 

Recalling the loss of a championship due to the wound in high school, he said that this incident was similar to that. However, great changes took place in him through the experience. "All my changes started from that comment. If I had not tried harder, I would never have become a university player or an NBA player. I think things are the same. If I keep "

In addition, he was excited about his performance and contributions in the following new season. 

"I completely believe that I will do better than before. I will only focus on how well I do. I won't compare with other people or being somebody else, I only want to be the best version of myself. I always believe that I can break down the ceiling."

Asked whether he trash talks in the court, Jeremy replied, "I believe that you play for God, so that is not the best way to treat people."

The magazine continued the question, "But many Christian players talk rubbish."

The new Hawks guard replied, "But I'm not them. I control myself. For example, a man who claims himself to be a Christian has sex with another girl apart from his wife. If I were a good friend, I might tell him not to do this. However, I can't control him. I can only control myself. I need to be faithful in my future marriage." 

- Translated by Karen Luo

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