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Jeremy Lin Decides to Leave Chinese Basketball Team Early After 7 Games

Adam WellsDecember 29, 2022

HANGZHOU, CHINA - OCTOBER 22: Jeremy Lin #7 of Guangzhou Loong Lions drives the ball during 2022/2023 Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) League match between Guangzhou Loong Lions and Beijing Ducks on October 22, 2022 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province of China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
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Jeremy Lin's tenure with the Guangzhou Loong Lions has come to an end after seven games.

The former NBA point guard announced on Thursday he is leaving the Chinese Basketball Association club.

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"I have to regret to tell the fans that I decided to end the journey of this CBA season early. Thanks to the CBA, club, to my coaching team and teammates, and my fans." <br>- <a href="https://twitter.com/JLin7?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JLin7</a> posts on Weibo that he will leave CBA. 34-year-old AVG 6.9 PTS, 2.3 REB, 2.1 AST in 7 games. <a href="https://t.co/YCa9IRJMGG">pic.twitter.com/YCa9IRJMGG</a>

It's unclear why Lin decided to leave the team during the season. He was fined earlier this month for criticizing quarantine facilities that were used to house the Lions before a game.

Per the CBA's official statement (h/t Joe McDonald of the Associated Press), Lin made "inappropriate remarks about quarantine hotel-related facilities" that "caused adverse effects on the league and the competition area."

The league did not provide details of Lin's comments, nor was there any indication of them on the Weibo social media platform.

McDonald noted The Paper, a Shanghai-based news outlet, posted a video of Lin complaining about the workout facilities at the hotel.

"'Can you believe this is a weight room?' Lin was quoted as saying. 'What kind of garbage is this?' The Paper said the video was deleted after 'the situation was clarified' that the hotel was only for a brief stay required by regulations," McDonald wrote.

Lin announced on Sept. 5 he was going to play for the Loong Lions. He made his season debut for the Loong Lions on Oct. 12, scoring six points in 13 minutes. The 34-year-old scored a season-high 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting in a 104-68 win over the Ningbo Rockets on Dec. 16.

Prior to playing for the Lions, Lin spent the 2021-22 season with the Beijing Ducks. He had a nine-game stint with the Golden State Warriors' G League affiliate in 2021.

Lin's most recently played in the NBA as a member of the Toronto Raptors during the 2018-19 season. He appeared in 23 regular-season games and won an NBA championship with the team.