林書豪可望返台加入SBL?「一關鍵」讓球迷幻滅 | Should Jeremy Lin play basketball in Taiwan?

林書豪|Jeremy Lin (Courtesy of Jeremy Lin/Weibo)

【看CP學英文】林書豪日前接受中國媒體訪問時,被問及是否將返台發展,林的回答讓球迷心癢癢。

The question of an eventual transfer to Taiwan remains after Jeremy Lin’s (林書豪) recent interview with mainland Chinese media. 

林書豪表示希望大眾給他時間和空間思考他的下一步— 繼續替CBA北京首鋼隊效力,或是加入新球隊,而這回答在台灣媒體界造成一陣轟動。

Lin said he would take a break before deciding whether he would like to continue his contract with the Beijing Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA, 中國男子籃球職業聯賽) or field offers from other teams, but Taiwan media buzz has already started.

北京首鋼隊在4強賽系列戰,以1比2不敵衛冕軍廣東宏遠,無緣冠軍戰,迫使林書豪提早結束球季。

Lin’s CBA season was cut short in the semi-finals when the Beijing Ducks lost to the Guangdong Southern Tigers by a match score of 1-2 in the best of three series. 

為了專注準備冠軍賽,林書豪要求暫緩所有合約談判。

Lin said that he told his agent to not discuss the prospects of his free agency so that he could focus his full attention on the CBA championship.

但在球季結束後,他必須為下一步做出選擇:續約、加入中國CBA其他球隊,或是到其他聯盟發展。

But after his loss, he now faces the tough choice of whether he renews his contract, switches teams within the CBA, or moves to another league. 

林書豪|Jeremy Lin (Courtesy of Jeremy Lin/Weibo)

林書豪的最終目標就是要返回籃球殿堂,美國職籃NBA。

Obviously, Lin’s goal should be to find a chance to return to the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the United States (U.S.) as it is the most elite league in the world.

但是目前仍未有NBA的球隊有意簽下林。

However, as of late, no NBA team has expressed interest in bringing him back to the league. 

若真是如此,林書豪得從北京首鋼、CBA其他隊伍或是其他聯盟中作出選擇。

If no NBA team approaches him, he can either choose to stay with the Beijing Ducks, move to another team in the CBA or move to another league.

其中一個最不可能的選擇,卻也是台灣粉絲最期盼的,就是林書豪返台加入SBL。

One of the more unrealistic scenarios, but one that Taiwanese fans hope for, is that he will move to join a Taiwanese professional basketball team. 

那麼,台北富邦勇士隊將是林最有可能考慮效力的隊伍。

In this case, the most appealing option would be the Taipei Fubon Braves.

富邦勇士隊也是林書豪弟弟林書緯目前所屬的球隊,如此一來,雙林兄弟便能合體。

This would give Lin a chance to be reunited with his younger brother named Joseph Lin, who has since become a star on the team. 

拼圖,富邦勇士林書緯(左圖左)、林書豪|The collage shows Joseph Lin (left) and Jeremy Lin (right). (Courtesy of 籃協 and Jeremy Lin)

東南亞職業籃球聯賽三月底因疫情停賽時,勇士隊在十個球隊中排名第五。

When the ABL was suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Braves were seeded number five out of 10 teams.

林書豪不但能提振勇士隊的表現,他也能從中挑戰自我。

Jeremy Lin would not only be able to help the Braves climb the standing but would also be challenged in doing so. 

不管是勇士隊或台灣其他隊伍都對這樣的交易甚感熟悉,因為過去也曾有前NBA球員加入台灣的籃球球隊。

This move would also not be surprising for the Braves and other Taiwanese teams as other former NBA players have joined Taiwanese basketball teams before.

2008年NBA選秀探花 O.J. Mayo 2019年時曾加入富邦勇士隊,後來CBA開出更高的薪資成功挖角O.J. Mayo。

Players such as O.J. Mayo, a former NBA All-Rookie First Team, joined the Braves in 2019. However, Mayo left a year later to the CBA where his salary would be higher.

 O.J. Mayo的例子解釋了為什麼林書豪不太可能來台發展。

This exact motive for Mayo is one of the reasons why the chance of Jeremy Lin coming to Taiwan is so low.

台灣籃壇不只薪水較低,也大幅限縮球員的職涯發展。

Not only is the salary much lower in Taiwanese basketball teams, but his career potential would also go down significantly.

通常,台灣頂尖籃球選手為了較高的年薪會盡可能留在CBA。林書豪會逆勢回台展嗎?

Normally, the top players from Taiwan join the CBA and try their best to stay there for a higher salary. Jeremy Lin, one of the stars of the Beijing Ducks in the past season, would be reversing this trend by moving to Taiwan. 

目前,並沒有跡象顯示林書豪想返台發展。

Lin has also not shown any signs of wanting to return to Taiwan.

儘管他近來曾抱怨中國男子籃球職業聯賽的規則及球員的「邊打球邊打人」風氣,林書豪並無直接表態可能離開中國的規劃。

Although he recently complained about the CBA’s rules and expressed his displeasure with the CBA’s players’ style of “playing basketball while also hitting others,” he has not stated explicitly that he plans to leave the league.

因此,林書豪大概是不會為了SBL 而犧牲中國的籃球生涯。

As a result, it is still improbable that he would sacrifice his pay and his career to play in Taiwanese basketball.