He may be doing this to prove he still deserves to be in the big league, but Jeremy Lin’s purpose is way beyond basketball.

After absorbing his first loss of the season in their previous game against the Shenzhen Aviators, Jiangsu Dragons signified their intention to defend the reigning NBA champion at all costs. They will face Beijing Ducks tomorrow night as both teams are looking to climb back on to the winning column after their respective losses.

In a screenshot posted on Twitter, the Dragons said that they will be “seriously” defending the 31-year old Lin but still support his charitable works. Making it a win-win situation for the former Harvard star, they will also support his advocacy by matching Lin’s donations – this time, for denying his shots from downtown.

 

Before the season, he announced that he will be donating 3,000 yuan (US$428) for every three-pointer that he will be making this season. With Jiangsu making it a win-win situation for him, Lin will go hard at the game and won’t mind missing some shots – they are still equally precious to his advocacy to help.

 

In Beijing’s previous game, he finished with team-high 28 points, nine assists, five rebounds, and four steals while shooting 4-of-10 from the line – good for 24, 000 yuan as his team is reportedly matching his output and add up to his donations.

But so far, it is not a Jeremy Lin game without his signature slash to the basket and, sadly, blood. We previously reported that his defenders aren’t giving him free lanes to the basket that he finished almost all his games with scars and blood. Add their previous game on to that list where he’s at the bad end of the physicality.

 

Left unsigned by an NBA team during free agency after his championship run with Toronto Raptors, he made his move to CBA and signed with the Beijing Ducks and has become one of the league’s stars.

Jeremy Lin Jeremy Lin #17 of the Toronto Raptors dribbles the ball during the second half of an NBA game against the Orlando Magic at Scotiabank Arena on April 1, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images