Veteran point guard Jeremy Lin (R) split last season between the Atlanta Hawks and Toronto Raptors. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo
July 28 (UPI) -- Veteran free agent point guard Jeremy Lin admitted he fears the NBA has "kind of given up on me."
As part of a motivational speech he did in Taiwan for GOOD TV, Lin acknowledged his NBA future is uncertain. The 30-year-old averaged 9.6 points in 74 games with the Atlanta Hawks and Toronto Raptors last year.
"In English there's a saying and it says once you hit rock bottom, the only way is up," Lin said. "But rock bottom just seems to keep getting more and more rock bottom for me. So, free agency has been tough."
Although Lin won a championship with the Raptors in June, he only averaged 3.4 minutes in eight total playoff games. He became the first Asian-American player to win an NBA Finals.
"[I knew] I would have to talk about a championship that I don't feel like I really earned," Lin said. "I would have to talk about a [basketball] future I don't know if I want to have. And honestly it's just embarrassing. It's tough."
Lin became an international star with the New York Knicks in 2012. The league promoted "Linsanity" as Lin, a second-year player, led the Knicks to the playoffs before suffering a knee injury.
Lin has averaged 11.6 points and 4.3 assists in 480 career games. He has started only five games the past two seasons.
"I'm here to just tell you don't give up," Lin said. "For those of you who are working hard but you don't see results - don't give up."