Yes Jeremy, it’s time to go
Jeremy Lin must feel like “Linsanity” was decades ago. After lighting the world on fire with the Knicks during the 2011-2012 season for 15-20 games, Jeremy Lin went from unknown youngster sleeping on a teammates couch, to national star. Lin would eventually play out the season and playoffs from the sideline as he tore his meniscus and could not play.
Fast forward to the 2012 offseason in which Jeremy Lin became a restricted free agent. Coach Mike Woodson and the Knicks said they’d absolutely match any offer that was given to Lin during the offseason. Well as the story goes, the Knicks decided to trade for Raymond Felton instead, allowing Jeremy Lin to become a member of the Houston Rockets. Lin previously signed a three-year, 25 million dollar offer sheet from the Rockets that the Knicks decided was too much money for a relatively unproven player like Lin. Add to boot Lin’s struggles against superior defensive teams like the Celtics, Heat and Bulls it appeared the Knicks made a good decision to let Lin walk.
The decision for the Knicks to go with Felton over Lin was widely unpopular at the time, but now even the craziest Lin fans would have to agree that it was the right decision. The Rockets team Lin went to was supposed to be “his” team and he would be the cornerstone for a young, rebuilding franchise in transition. Then days before the 2012-2013 regular season was about to kick off, the Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder shook the NBA world by making a trade that would send James Harden to the Rockets in exchange for Kevin Martin and a slew of young players and draft picks.
Lin had a very up and down season that saw him riding the pine late in games because of his defensive inefficiency. James Harden quickly became the star of the franchise and Lin was almost an afterthought. Now after a nice season that saw the Rockets make the playoffs, the franchise has decided to go a different direction and pair James Harden with super-diva, Dwight Howard. The Houston tandem is set for the next several years meaning the team isn’t sold on Jeremy Lin anymore or his contract. So the Rockets brass has been aggressively shopping Jeremy Lin around the NBA with very little interest.
We are watching the rise and sudden fall of one of the greatest “out of nowhere” players ever witnessed in sports.