“Everyone who knows me know how big my dreams are and that I have so much left to give to the game. Hyped to join the Raptors!!” Lin wrote on his Instagram Monday.
Lin thanked the Hawks for the opportunity to let him play. “Coming off of two years of being injured, you helped me become myself again on the basketball court and allowed me to experience the joy of hoops again,” he wrote.
The Taiwanese-American basketball player, who graduated from Harvard University, has a massive and diverse following, as he’s become one of the most celebrated Asian players in the NBA. And when he officially joins the Raptors, it will become Lin’s eighth NBA franchise, after playing with Golden State, the Knicks, Houston, the Lakers, the Hornets, Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta.
And the Raptors diverse fan base, including the Asian community, took to social media to show their excitement and anticipation for Lin-Sanity.
Fans were ready to welcome Lin-Sanity to the North
All the asians in Toronto hearing about Jeremy Lin joining the Raptors pic.twitter.com/CMrVarxz1V— Kris Pangilinan (@KrisReports) February 11, 2019
my mom gonna be so happy https://t.co/agigrYJwVc— Evy Kwong (@EVYSTADIUM) February 11, 2019
Imma need Jeremy Lin to pull up to Pacific Mall if he signs with Toronto.— (っ｡^‿^｡)っ champagne chachi (@fritzeesanmango) February 11, 2019
Dude the Toronto Raptors are set now. First it was Kawhi Leonard, and now it's Jeremy Lin. #Champions— Ares Isaax? Road to 100 (@isaac_tiani) February 12, 2019
Jeremy Lin wants to be a Toronto Raptor. This storm can’t even touch me— Noor (@noorrzainab) February 12, 2019
Dear God, thanks for answering my prayers from year 9… Welcome to Toronto, Jeremy Lin— Michael Ahn (@_michaelahn) February 12, 2019
JLin is so Toronto it hurts— Austin Maida (@Maida904) February 11, 2019
But on a serious note, I think it's great that Jeremy Lin is on his way to Toronto. He's worked tremendously hard, and he has some of the most diehard, loyal and passionate supporters I have ever seen. Wishing him the best. pic.twitter.com/IrgxkZRgJu— JJ (@JameelahJNBA) February 11, 2019