Fans on social media have been calling for NBA teams to sign Jeremy Lin on a short-term contract as they struggle to field healthy players amidst the pandemic.
Over the past few weeks, multiple NBA players have tested positive for COVID-19. The COVID-related Hardship Allowance says teams can sign a new player per positive case. The signings will receive short-term contracts and replace the players who have tested positive for COVID-19.
The policy has given many G-league players the opportunity to play NBA minutes.
Now, some fans are calling for teams to sign Jeremy Lin as a replacement player. Lin played in the G-league halfway through the 2020-21 season. He did not receive an offer from an NBA team after playing in the G-league. He is currently playing for the Beijing Ducks in the Chinese Basketball Association.
Some fans have suggested that the New York Knicks should sign Lin as a replacement player. Lin’s career took off when he played for the Knicks in 2012, an era that is often referred to as Linsanity.
Rohan Nadkarni suggested that the new COVID Hardship Allowance rule should stipulate that teams sign at least one franchise legend. In response to Nadkarni’s suggestion, Pablo S. Torre, a journalist who covers the Knicks, tweeted that the team should sign Lin.
Nadkarni and Torre may have been joking, but fans appreciated seeing the love for Lin regardless.
Lin is currently under contract with the Beijing Ducks, and it seems unlikely he will return to the NBA. Fans, however, are still using the trend as a way to appreciate Lin.
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