Jeremy Lin.

Report: The New York Knicks passed on a 'Linsanity' reunion because of his defence

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Jeremy Lin was heavily linked with a return to New York this summer as he entered free agency following a successful spell with the Charlotte Hornets.

The point guard originally rose to fame as the unlikely saviour of the New York Knicks back in 2012, officially giving birth to 'Linsanity'.

The 28-year-old went on a tear averaging 24.6 points and 9.2 assists, shooting 49.7 percent from the field during his first 10 games for the Knicks, but, although he is back in the Big Apple, it's not Madison Square Garden that is calling home.

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Lin has signed for the Brooklyn Nets as they continue to try and rebuild after the tenures of Joe Johnson and Thaddeus Young.

Rumours kept swirling that he would return to the Knicks, but question marks over his defensive capabilities turned Phil Jackson off, a source told the New York Post.

Lin does not pay attention to hearsay and chooses to believe in himself instead.

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"If my life was done by what everyone else expected of me, I would've been done with playing a long time ago. I don't really care what anyone else has to say,'' said Lin.

In truth, Lin has never been an elite defender, but nor is he a bad one. The Hornets were three points better off with him on the floor last season, the same as the Knicks were during his stint there.

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