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SportsThe Raptors’ Jeremy Lin is proud of playing a small role in a big victory

13:45  19 june  2019
13:45  19 june  2019 Source:   thestar.com

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READ MORE: Raptors NBA Championship victory parade planned for downtown Toronto Monday. Lin shared some of his post- game celebrations on social media, including a moment with his mother The Raptors played a tight game Thursday against the reigning dynasty of the Golden State Warriors.

The Toronto Raptors made history by winning the Eastern Conference finals against the Milwaukee Bucks with a 100-94 victory in Game 6 of the best-of-seven series and reaching their first-ever NBA finals, to be played against Golden State Warriors.

The Raptors’ Jeremy Lin is proud of playing a small role in a big victory© Rick Madonik Jeremy Lin, centre, played just 51 seconds in the NBA Finals but there was plenty more he did out of the spotlight.

Jeremy Lin said he wrestled emotionally with being a bit player on a championship team and what it meant to him to earn a ring with the Toronto Raptors when he didn’t have much to do with what transpired on the court.

And when the Harvard graduate, a fiercely proud Asian who is now the first Asian to earn an NBA ring, broke it all down, he was rightfully proud.

As he should have been.

“I had to struggle with, ‘Do I really deserve this? The more I thought … I do. I should enjoy it and embrace it. I’m not gonna shy away from celebrating that or have anyone taking it away from me,” Lin said on the Off The Pill podcast quoted by the South China Morning Post. “Hopefully those same Asians making fun of me, five or 10 years down the road when I’m no longer playing, they can appreciate, ‘Oh, that’s the first Asian-American to win an NBA championship.”

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Playing for the Raptors , that goal is more attainable than ever for Lin , whose closest taste of playoff victory came with the Charlotte Hornets in 2015-16, when the Hornets took Lin could have played it safe and found himself in a position where he could be guaranteed regular minutes, and a chance to

Toronto Raptors guard Jeremy Lin hopes to one day see more Asian American players in the NBA . In an interview with Cary Chow of The Undefeated, Lin talked about the dichotomy of being the only active player of Asian Lin now plays for the Raptors after being bought out by the Atlanta Hawks.

It was telling that Danny Green, in trying to explain who kept him sane after what might have been a series-changing turnover at the end of Game 6 in Oakland, pointed to Lin as a teammate who kept him in the moment.

“JLin was great with keeping me positive, ‘We are going to get this stop. Don’t worry about it,’ ” Green said.

And that’s what teammates are, even more than guys who make passes or take shots or score the points and get the public glory. It’s what guys like Lin do. It may have taken him a while to dissect it all but he came to the realization of how he fit in a much bigger picture. He may have only played 51 seconds over the six games but he was on the team. And that counts.

“There were times in all honesty where I felt I had to tell myself I deserve a championship,” Lin said on the podcast. “As a competitor who plays and has played my whole life, I’m not used to not playing, so I was like, ‘This is tough, do I really deserve it?’

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The Raptors are now also the first team outside the United States to win an NBA title. Now, there's no doubt that Lin is a great basketball player . Lin played only 27 minutes in the Raptors ' postseason run, and was basically sidelined after Game 3.

As the question states, Lin has played perfect basketball for his role on this Raptors team, especially considering he was thrust into a pretty big role right after being signed. In a small sample, he did Toronto plays a long run of mostly middling-to-poor teams to round out the season (but more on the

“Then I started to think about my whole journey and I definitely do. I contributed to the team, I played 23 games in the regular season. I play against these guys all the time, whether it’s in workouts or whatever, even watching the game and talking to guys, giving my opinion, being a voice.

“That’s very, very valuable. In terms of staying ready and working out, I worked really, really hard this year.

“I wish people understood just how hard we have to work, even the guys who never touch the floor, because you never know when you’re gonna get that opportunity. You have to do everything to be ready to play.”

Doug Smith is a sports reporter based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @smithraps

Police release images of man wanted for stabbings at Raptors' victory parade.
"The man produced a knife and stabbed three men and a boy," police said in a news release. "He then fled the area." © Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Toronto police released security camera images of a man wanted for a quadruple stabbing near Yonge and Dundas Square on Monday during the Raptors' victory parade. The four victims were taken to a hospital for treatment, where they remain in serious condition. The man is described as being in his mid-20s, with a medium build. He was wearing a black sweater, black pants and a black head covering, according to police.

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