Jeremy Lin remembers his first stint in New York City

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It doesn’t seem like that long since “Linsanity” gripped the NBA world. During the 2011-12 NBA season, Jeremy Lin was the biggest show in New York City.

The unheralded guard had brought a buzz back to Madison Square Garden in a way that hadn’t been present since Carmelo Anthony’s first year with the New York Knicks.

The organisation responded to his stellar play by not even offering Lin a contract.

The Harvard alum commented to the New York Post on his feelings at the time: “I was really, really sad. I was sad the way everything went down, ‘cause nothing happened the way I thought it was going to.

“I had wished that they had offered me a contract just in the beginning, and that didn’t even happen. And then, when I found out that they weren’t gonna match, I was even more sad, ‘cause honestly, I wanted to finish my career there.”

Don’t look now but, Lin might still be able to see that goal come to fruition.

He received a three year deal from the Houston Rockets worth $25 million. The Knicks let him walk after a streak of 11 games where the rookie guard averaged 23 points, nine assists, three rebounds and two steals a game.

The Big Apple loved the novelty of a young journeyman guard being able to help keep the team relevant. His play made for an instant storyline for the league and he became an overnight sensation.

But the 27-year-old realises that this stint with the Brooklyn Nets will be different: “This isn’t the re-creation of Linsanity (smile), this is, for me, just the next chapter.”

He just agreed to a three-year, $36 million contract in another Borough after an impressive playoff performance with the Charlotte Hornets. The next chapter should be plenty exciting just like his whole story has been.

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