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Jeremy Lin joins Kai Sotto, Jalen Green in NBA G League Ignite scrimmage

Martin Mendoza
Jeremy Lin joins Kai Sotto, Jalen Green in NBA G League Ignite scrimmage

FREE AGENT. Jeremy Lin won a championship with the Toronto Raptors in 2019.

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‘Linsanity’ Jeremy Lin provides leadership and mentorship to the young and elite G League Ignite squad

Former NBA champion and free-agent guard Jeremy Lin participated in Ignite’s 113-107 scrimmage loss against NBA G League alumni on Tuesday, December 15 (Wednesday, December 16, Manila time). 

The 32-year-old Lin, who was part of the 2019 Toronto Raptors championship squad, has been brought in by Ignite head coach Brian Shaw to provide leadership and mentorship to the young and elite Ignite squad, which includes Filipino big man Kai Sotto and Filipino-American guard Jalen Green

“Jeremy actually just joined us. He hasn’t had the chance to practice with the team yet,” said Shaw in a virtual postgame media availability session. “Today was his first day… So I threw him in there for about 3 minutes today just to get a feel. He’ll play a little bit more on Thursday.”

“He hasn’t had the chance to come in and make his impact but already after the game, he spoke to the team, he talked about what he saw and that’s what we brought him in for… to give that kind of leadership and mentorship to our young guys,” he added.

Lin, who stirred up the “Linsanity” craze in the NBA in 2012, last saw action for the Beijing Ducks in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league this year. (READ: Tearful Jeremy Lin seeks NBA return after one season in China)

Jonathan Kuminga led the way for Ignite in the scrimmage with 26 points and 8 rebounds, while Green added 22 points and 7 rebounds.

Sotto chipped in 5 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks, while Lin went scoreless in limited minutes of action. 

Despite the loss, Shaw was contented with how Ignite performed, considering it was only their second time scrimmaging as a team. 

“This is their second time in the last 4 months, 3 months, where they actually got to play 5-on-5 because of the protocols and late additions to the team. But with that being said, I was really, really happy with the effort and what I saw today,” said Shaw. 

“I was very pleased with what I saw in terms of how we matched the physicality, the intensity that the other team played with, we brought it ourselves. For a group of young guys that are playing against physically and more mature grown men, they (Ignite) held their own.” –

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