- The Toronto Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors, 114-110, on Thursday night, giving them their first NBA championship in franchise history.
- While Kawhi Leonard was named the NBA Finals MVP in a near-unanimous vote, fans on Twitter instead celebrated the NBA journeyman Jeremy Lin for getting his first championship ring.
- Lin’s NBA mythos was already sealed thanks to his days in New York, but after Thursday he’s also a champion for life.
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The Toronto Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors, 114-110, on Thursday night, winning their first NBA championship in franchise history.
While Kawhi Leonard was named the NBA Finals MVP in a near-unanimous vote, fans on Twitter instead celebrated a player who barely took the court for the Raptors this postseason: Jeremy Lin.
After going undrafted in 2010, Lin briefly became an NBA sensation in 2012, when he became the unlikely hero of the New York Knicks and introduced the world to “Linsanity.”
Since then, Lin has stayed in the league as a journeyman, spending time with the Rockets, the Lakers, the Hornets, the Nets, and the Hawks before joining the Raptors bench in February.
Lin played just 27 minutes this postseason for the Raptors, but when the final buzzer sounded Thursday night he became a champion. On Twitter, fans celebrated his success with praise, love, and some jokes at the expense of other players around the league.
Some said he'd never win a title.
Some said he was washed up.
But he kept grinding.
He kept going.
Now, Jeremy Lin is an NBA Champion. pic.twitter.com/eP2F0J6Wt5
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) June 14, 2019
INCASE YALL NEEDED PROOF pic.twitter.com/CGUI8qwxuA
— Gary Striewski (@garystriewski) June 14, 2019
Jeremy Lin got a ring before all of these guys pic.twitter.com/eeOmivO5Pz
— Griffin (@VloggerGriffin) June 14, 2019
— Gurjant Singh (@Juolevi_Szn) June 14, 2019
All I’m saying is the Raptors didn’t win a championship until Jeremy Lin was on the team
— Cameron Magruder (@ScooterMagruder) June 14, 2019
Jeremy Lin won a ring before
— Demon Arc Beebop???? (@KazxKage) June 14, 2019
Someone already updated Jeremy Lin's wikipedia page. pic.twitter.com/cEPYpdelnf
— Big Enos Burdette (@DiabloandDoc) June 14, 2019
After the win, Lin also posted to Twitter celebrating the moment:
God is perfectly the same through the highs and the lows. Anyone who knows me knows Ive believed this through all the down times, and Hes just as good at the mountaintop rn! ???????????????????????? #ALLglorytoGod #NBAchamps
— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) June 14, 2019
Lin’s NBA mythos was already sealed thanks to his days in New York, but after Thursday he’s also a champion for life.
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