「台灣之光」有代價!林書豪入台籍恐惹中不爽|Now that Jeremy Lin has Taiwan passport, what’s next?

Jeremy Lin's new Taiwan Passport (left) and Jeremy Lin (right)/Photo courtesy of CNA and AP

【看CP學英文】內政部於週三證實前NBA球星林書豪入籍中華民國,而林書豪是否返台發展更是備受矚目。

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Rumors surrounding Jeremy Lin’s eventual transfer to Taiwan strengthened on Wednesday after The Ministry of the Interior (MOI, 内政部) confirmed that the former National Basketball Association (NBA) player Jeremy Lin (林書豪) obtained a Republic of China (Taiwan) passport. 

林的父親在申辦流程結束後表示非常感謝內政部協助林書豪入籍,不過林書豪尚未公開宣布此消息。

Lin’s father expressed his appreciation to the MOI in the afternoon after the application was successful. Lin has yet to make a public statement or announcement about this matter. 

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

林書豪在取得中華民國護照後,便具備加入台灣籃球隊的資格。然擁有美籍的林書豪卻遲遲等不到美國國家男籃隊的邀請。

By attaining a Taiwanese passport, Lin would qualify to play for the Taiwan Men’s Basketball National Team. Although he also holds American citizenship, he has yet to be called up for the United States’ Men’s Basketball National Team.  

林入籍台灣後便有資格替台灣出征奧運,儘管林在下屆奧運時已35歲了,他仍能大幅提升中華隊實力,率領台灣對抗紐西蘭、澳洲、中國及南韓。

By acquiring Taiwanese citizenship, he could help Taiwan in future qualifiers for the Olympics. Although Lin will be 35-years old by the next Olympics, he could still strengthen Taiwan’s team against teams like New Zealand, Australia, China, and South Korea. 

這決定也可能對林在中國的發展影響甚鉅。

This decision may also have various implications for his career in mainland China. 

在中國與台灣兩岸關係緊張的情況下,北京極可能強迫中國男子籃球職業聯賽剔除林書豪。

Given the tense relationship between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, there is a possibility that teams in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA, 中國男子籃球職業聯賽) would be pressured by the government to cut Lin from their teams. 

若真是如此,林就得選擇回剛獲國籍的台灣,或是去其他國家發展。

If this is the case, Lin will be faced with the decision of whether to move to another country or to return to his new passport country of Taiwan. 

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)

台北富邦勇士隊將是林書豪最有可能選擇效力的球隊,這麼一來,林書豪便能和弟弟林書緯同場尬球。

In this case, the most appealing option would be the Taipei Fubon Braves. This option would give Lin a chance to be reunited with his younger brother named Joseph Lin, who has since become a star on the team. 

受新冠肺炎影響,東南亞職業籃球聯賽三月時被迫停賽,目前勇士隊排名第五。

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

林書豪的加入不僅能幫勇士隊衝高排名,也能挑戰自我。

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

此舉對台灣籃壇來說一點也不陌生,過去也有NBA選手加入台灣籃球隊,像是 O.J. Mayo,在2019年時成為勇士隊的一員。

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. Players such as O.J. Mayo, a former NBA All-Rookie First Team, joined the Braves in 2019. 

據傳台灣球隊將祭出年薪300萬美金簽下林書豪,這價碼對在台灣籃壇已稱得上天價了,但擁有吸睛王「林書豪」勢必能增加球隊名氣,帶來可觀的收入。

Although his salary is reported to be as high as US$3 million, which could be too high for many Taiwanese teams, his presence on any team in Taiwan would significantly boost their popularity and sales. 

稱霸台灣籃壇的林書豪坐擁一大票死忠球迷,回台發展更能俘獲更多粉絲,林不必和中國球星易建聯競爭,攀上事業巔峰不是問題。

Since Jeremy Lin is arguably the best player of Taiwanese descent of all time, fans in Taiwan adore him. Chances are that his popularity in Taiwan will be even greater than in mainland China where he has to compete for attention with Chinese superstar Yi Jianlian (易建聯). 

然而,林書豪返台發展的挑戰之一包括必須在36歲前服兵役。

One of the potential drawbacks of returning to Taiwan now would be that he would have to complete his military service before he turns 36. 

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

雖然目前兵役已縮短為四個月,林得考慮這段空白期帶來的影響。

Although the time period of service has been reduced to four months in recent years, Lin should still consider the impact of the four months on his career.

雖然林書豪尚未宣布未來動向,種種跡象似乎都指向他將回台發展。台灣的球迷朋友得在等等好消息了!

While his decision is still unknown, more and more facts are emerging that support this theory that he will move to Taiwan’s basketball league. Unfortunately, Taiwanese basketball fans will have to wait until he makes anything official.