Date
27 July 2017
Jeremy Lin shares some lessons he learned from his career in a speech at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Photo: HKEJ
Jeremy Lin shares some lessons he learned from his career in a speech at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Photo: HKEJ

NBA star Jeremy Lin tells HK youth: Treasure what we have

It is natural for people to have ups and downs. 

Jeremy Lin, an American basketball player and Christian, urges Hong Kong youth to “always treasure what we have, instead of what we don’t have”.

In a speech at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Sunday, Lin, whose sporting prowess and personal charisma caused what has been called “Linsanity” among fans, said he had a difficult year in 2014 as he made a lot of mistakes in the game, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported on Monday.

He said he was upset that he couldn’t perform as well as he did in 2012, probably his banner year as an NBA player. He had once cried at home due to his declining scores, popularity and sponsorship.

But after that, he realized his success should not be measured by his professional achievements alone.  

People should live for the present, not according to other people’s expectations, he told an audience of some 1,500 students.

A person who normally has two buns for breakfast will only treasure his pineapple bun if his barbecue-pork-filled bun is taken away, said Lin, who drew laughter and applause as he spoke in awkward Cantonese. 

He said he has learned to treasure whatever he has during a trough of his career.

In the future, Lin said he hopes he can join a team that can match his style and allow him to be a starter.

A father, who was in the audience with his son, asked Lin how his son could get an admission to Harvard University where Lin studied.

Lin said he was not so eager to study in Harvard, which was far from his home. He asked the father to allow his son to choose his own school.

A female fan from Beijing, who said she has been an admirer since three years ago, asked Lin if he has a girlfriend and when he plans to get married. 

Visibly embarassed, Lin replied that he is still single.

Translation by Charis Heung

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