Fubon Braves rising star Joseph Lin described people who constantly compare him to his brother and NBA veteran Jeremy Lin as ‘just noise’.
In an interview with him at the ABL Season Launch on October 10, Lin said that there were instances, media and fans compared him and Jeremy but it did not bother him in the long run.
“I’m used to it. But now, I’ve had all these comparisons for a lot of years, it’s kind of like just noise. It’s like it doesn’t bother me, it’s just outside noise,” Joe added.
Rather than feeling overlooked due to his brother’s success, Joe sees this as a motivation to improve as a professional athlete and make a name for himself.
He mentioned that there is no competition between him and Jeremy, instead, his older brother was very supportive of him.
“He mentors me a lot, he helped me a lot, he watches my games, he’s taking care of me, my career, and wishes that I do very well,” the younger Lin on his relationship with his brother.
Since the brothers are of the same career path, both trained together during the offseason to get in great shape just in time before the regular season.
Lin mentioned that at the end of the day, it was his family that made him fall in love with basketball.
“I think it’s just my whole family; both of my brothers love basketball, so I just naturally play with them and I grew up to love it too. It’s just a really fun sport and nothing quite like it,” he said.
During the latter part of the interview with the ABL, the Braves’ guard said that he is ready to make a name in the tenth season of the ASEAN Basketball League.
Joe’s humble beginnings
Joseph Lin, grew up living with his family in the States. Although he loved playing basketball, it did not occur to him to play professionally just like his brother who made “Linsanity” a sensation among the NBA crowd.
Joe recalled, “I wasn’t expecting to play professionally after college but the opportunity came to play in Taiwan, so I just embraced that opportunity.”
During his collegiate days, he became an NCAA Division III athlete for Hamilton College. Despite having the opportunity to play in the country’s prestigious league, he faced struggles along the way as a student-athlete.
“I guess I kind of developed late,” Lin mentioned his underlying aspect. “It’s like my whole body, and my weight was all developed late. So, I was just kind of playing catch-up for a long time.”
But his determination to play the game still landed him a chance to showcase his talents professionally in Taiwan—as a member of the Fubon Braves.
Braves’ Hot Prospect Arrives
In 2015, the Chinese Taipei-based franchise landed Joe Lin as their rookie playmaker in hopes for the Braves to try to capture the title in the Super Basketball League.
In his first year in Fubon Braves, he dazzled the crowd with spectacular dimes, swift finishes to the rim, and a smooth long-range game as he put up 12.1 points and a league-high 4.4 assists—worthy enough to be hailed as SBL Rookie of the Year, and be the first rookie to be included into the All-SBL first team.
He later progressed as the Braves’ leading floor general. In the 2018–2019 season, he reached the summit of his career as not only did he help the team gain the best record come the postseason, but also capped it off with the SBL championship after sweeping their rival in the best-of-7 Finals series. Lin rose as a star with his Finals stat line of 14.3 PPG, and 5.3 APG.
After a momentous season, Lin and the rest of the Braves yet again have plans in store to continue their championship reign as they enter the ABL.
Joseph Lin’s ABL Transition
Upon the unveiling of the Braves as the tenth team to join the ABL in the 2019–2020 season, the rising star expressed his excitement to join the league.
“I’m pretty excited just because the ABL is international exposure,” Joe added. “I think it’s really exciting to be able to travel to different countries— it just feels a bit more professional when you get to travel, and I think the fanbase will be kind of crazy because it’s going to be like country versus country now so there’s so much pride.”
As the team finalized their change of tournament scenery, Lin expects the competition will get much tougher, further mentioning that the number of imports would be tougher to handle.
“I’m expecting it to be tougher because there are three imports, which is very different from other leagues where other leagues might just have two and there’s a limit to playing time for those two; but here, it’s three imports—they can play the whole game.”
Although he may not be too familiar with the talents he is about to compete against, he still looks forward to the season to finally challenge them. When it comes to their goals in the next season, Joe sets his sights towards the ABL title.
“I think just to be able to try to get another championship first and foremost. Last year we won in the SBL in Taiwan, so being able to capture another championship in another league will be very, very special,” Joe stated.
His message to the ABL fans was simple: expect him and the rest of the Braves to go all-out next season.
“I’m just going to go out and give it my all and try to do well—try to play my game like I did last year. You can expect us to play very hard. You can expect the Fubon Braves to come in with a lot of intensity.”