"Everyone who knows me knows how big my dreams are and that I have so much left to give to the game"
‘Linsanity’ has been reignited as news broke of Jeremy Lin signing with the Toronto Raptors.
As reported by CTV, (now former) Atlanta Hawks Point Guard Jeremy Lin has signed with the Toronto Raptors.
The Atlanta Hawks waived Lin on Monday, confirming the move to Toronto.
Lin shared the news via Instagram. “The future is bright for Atlanta!!! I truly mean that!” he wrote. “Everyone who knows me knows how big my dreams are and that I have so much left to give to the game. Hyped to join the Raptors!!”
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THANK YOU to the Hawks so much for this opportunity. Coming off of 2 years of being injured, you helped me become myself again on the basketball court and allowed me to experience the joy of hoops again! Thank you to the Ressler family, to Travis, to Coach Pierce, to my teammates. An organization that does things the right way, treats people the right way! What an honor it’s been to get to play with Vince the 🐐 and to watch these young guys develop. The future is bright for Atlanta!!! I truly mean that! Everyone who knows me knows how big my dreams are and that I have so much left to give to the game. Hyped to join the Raptors!! Galatians 6:9 #WeTheNorth #NeverDone
Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson, who coached Lin during his time with the team said the trade was a great gain for Toronto.
“Heck of an addition for the Raptors,” Atkinson said. “What I always said about Jeremy, he’s a heckuva competitor. Much better defender than people think. He fits the style of play I think Nick wants to play. He’s an elite competitor. Everyone competes in this league, but I think there is a pocket of guys that go above and beyond that.”
“Very smart. And versatile. You saw him guard Dwyane Wade in the playoffs. Excellent pickup.”
Lin has averaged 11.8 points in 457 career games and was involved in three playoff runs, in 2013 and 2014 with Houston and in 2016 with Charlotte.
Lin has since been trending on Twitter with ‘Linsanity’ and his incredible buzzer-beater for Toronto being shared around.
“One thing about the Raptors is that we are a running team. With Lin’s speed and passing ability, it’ll be fun to watch,” another wrote.
‘Linsanity’ is the phrase coined for Jeremy Lin’s outstanding performance at the New York Knicks in 2012, where he transformed from D-league substitute to NBA superstar overnight.
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— FK (@popogsport) February 13, 2019
— Ankle Skater (@ankleskater) February 11, 2019
#Linsanity is back
— Sports of Sorts (@sorts_sports) February 12, 2019
— Art Wong (@ArtWong128) February 11, 2019
WE WANT #LINSANITY
— Red Shark Gabe (@NotoriouslyGabe) February 7, 2019
@JLin7 A Pre welcome to the city of Toronto , and the Toronto Raptors. The city is excited you are coming here. This is now a country you will be playing for, not only a city, enjoy the ride!#Linsanity
— Tony .P (@TDog65118551) February 12, 2019
The real 🐐 #Linsanity
— Andrew T. Mantell (@drewbie1147) February 10, 2019
— Free Mo Wagner (@KCPrison) February 10, 2019
— Kristyn Wong-Tam (@kristynwongtam) February 11, 2019
— Sam Huang (@Sam_Huang_Fan) February 13, 2019