Jeremy Lin acknowledged the contributions DeMar DeRozan made to the Toronto Raptors.
Lin, 30, became the first Asian-American to win an NBA championship Thursday (Friday in Manila) after the Raptors’ Game 6 victory over Warriors in the Finals. He took to Twitter and gave thanks to DeRozan for the “positive impact” he had on the franchise.
“Having lived in Toronto last 4 months, Ive seen by far more @DeMar_DeRozan jerseys than anyone else,” he wrote. “Dont rly know Demar personally but the positive impact he had is so obvious. Hope he gets credit for laying the foundation and paving the way!”
Having lived in Toronto last 4 months, Ive seen by far more @DeMar_DeRozan jerseys than anyone else. Dont rly know Demar personally but the positive impact he had is so obvious. Hope he gets credit for laying the foundation and paving the way! #thankyouDemar
— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) June 14, 2019
DeRozan was traded by Toronto in a blockbuster trade that netted the team Kawhi Leonard from the Spurs. He is the Raptors’ all-time leading scorer and spent nine seasons representing Canada, but couldn’t help them get over the hump in the Eastern Conference and make an appearance in the Finals.
The four-time All-Star called himself the team’s “sacrificial lamb” earlier this month when discussing is involvement in the team’s recent success.
“You just have to sit back and understand, like, you know, you are the reason so many things was even possible,” DeRozan said.
Lin, the posterboy for the Knicks’ illustrious “Linsanity” movement in 2011-12, has been a journeyman throughout his nine-year career. He played for seven NBA teams before signing with Toronto in 2018-19. While he appeared in just 31 games as a Raptor, it appears like DeRozan’s obvious influence had a lasting effect on him.