It wasn't that long ago when the basketball world was enamoured with Jeremy Lin and the term Linsanity was born.
We knew it wouldn't last, but that's what made it so exciting. And also what made his three-year, $25 million deal so outrageous for the Rockets.
As it turns out, they finally admitted that this summer.
Last year, he lost his starting job to Pat Beverley.
Then, when the Rockets were trying to woo Carmelo Anthony, they posted a photo of Anthony in Lin's No. 7 Rockets jersey.
Finally, he was traded along with a pair of draft picks for Sergei Lishchuk in July.
“Because of my career, I went from not even thinking would make it and play tomorrow in an NBA game to starting,” Lin recently told the Houston Chronicle.
“It just happened so fast. After my year in New York, I wanted to stay on that path. I wanted to stay a starter. That was something I really cherished. I really appreciated it because I was on the other end, getting cut, getting waived. Maybe held on to it a little too tightly.”
“I think the one thing I really learned this past year is just starter or not starter,” Lin continued.
“I just have to play the way I’m capable of playing and to play my style and my brand of basketball. As long as I do that, I think I’ll be fine on any team. I think I’ll be able to contribute and make plays and be on the court when it really, really counts.”
Lin with Lakers
For his part, Lin says that the insanity of Linsanity is gone.
He doesn't have the huge expectations on his shoulders and he can relax and play the role he needs to with the Lakers.
“I feel the least amount of pressure on my shoulders now than I ever have,” Lin told NBA.com.
“One thing I try to do is not let my circumstances dictate the pressure as a player. I don’t think I play well when I do put a lot of pressure on myself from an outside standpoint. I know what I want to accomplish as a player and what the right way to play is and as long as I do that, I can hold my head up high and be proud of myself.”
This will be the California native's fifth NBA season. The 26-year-old, who attended Harvard, averaged 2.6 points per game and was waived by the Warriors after his rookie year, only to be claimed by the Rockets. The Lakers also put in a claim then, but the Rockets had first dibs based on record.
After averaging 14.6 per game in his only season in New York, he came to Houston and regressed for two trying seasons.
“I’m not trying to relive that season. I think that’s a big weight off my shoulders,” Lin told the Houston Chronicle.
“I think that’s very important for me as a player. I’m not trying to recreate Linsanity. I’m not trying to be that phenomenon that happened in New York. I just want to be myself more than ever.”
More than just a player
Part of the intrigue all along for Lin was his appeal to the Asian community, which makes up 14 percent of L.A.'s population.
The Lakers are aware of that as they continue to try to stay atop the Clippers in terms of interest in a city big enough for two NBA teams.
“I’m no stranger to large Asian populations,” Lin told NBA.com. “I’ve always said and I will always be grateful for their support, and I know how die-hard the fans can be and how supportive and enthusiastic they can be. That’s one thing I always appreciate is through the ups and the downs is the support of the Asian community.”
Lin, however, isn't the only Lakers player loved there. The Lakers team is huge throughout the Asian market.
“It’s huge,” Lin told NBA.com. “First, Kobe is an idol in Asia, obviously. Everything was red Rockets when I was first there. I came back, took my physical and everything was yellow. That was one thing I noticed. I was like: ‘Wow, that was fast.’”