Jeremy Lin said he would "never stop representing Asians" after the Raptors' NBA championship win " and he showed it quite literally at their parade in Toronto on Monday.
The California native, who is of Taiwanese descent, became the first Asian-American to win an NBA title last week. And he rocked a retro purple Tracy McGrady Raptors jersey with Chinese characters emblazoned on the front while celebrating with his teammates on their open-top bus.
The jersey is part of the NBA's Mitchell & Ness Lunar New Year Collection. The two characters on the front, pronounced "meng long", translates to "Raptors".
More than two million fans turned out on the streets of Toronto to celebrate Canada's first NBA championship " and Lin even showered them with champagne.
Asian fans on social media were loving the jersey " and the respect Lin showed by wearing it.
"Jeremy Lin repping his heritage and community in a Chinese Raptors jersey at the parade means a lot," said one on Twitter.
"Mitchell and Ness is gonna make a mint on the T-Mac jersey Jeremy Lin is wearing," another pointed out.
That sentiment may be proved correct " it seems many users want to get their hands on a replica after seeing Lin's on display.
"Need that jersey! @Jlin7 hook it up please," said one on Twitter. "I'll pay egregiously for that Jeremy Lin Raptors jersey," wrote another.
Lin also paid tribute to the fans lining the streets, revealing some of them had even followed the bus for 30 minutes before the start of the parade route.
"We all thought the parade had started, then we got to the part it really started and it just got crazy," Lin told NBA TV. "It's amazing, as you can see, so much energy, so much buzz.
"We're very grateful to our fans " this is a once in a lifetime opportunity the way they've rallied around our team."
Toronto has taken California native Lin to their hearts from the moment he signed in February as a free agent from the Atlanta Hawks.
"From the jump, from the minute I signed here it went crazy and they continued to support us all the way through," Lin told Global News.
"I'm just so thankful. Honestly, I couldn't think of a better city to bring a championship to."
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