Could ‘Linsanity’ once again make its presence felt in the NBA this year with a new team, the Rockets, the beneficiary?
While it had become irrelevant with the return of Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks’ starting lineup, the Jeremy Lin saga has once again picked up steam. It has nothing to do with his performance on the court, however. The Knicks point guard was recently offered a three-year, $25 million deal by the Houston Rockets, an offer sheet that he signed, and it is New York’s turn to either match the deal or watch Lin walk. The last chance to make any offers to Lin will come at 11:59 tonight. The Knicks seem to want to keep Lin, with Anthony even staking a claim to how badly the team wants him, but ultimately it seems as if the renowned player will end up leaving for the Rockets. How could the Knicks possibly beat an offer that gives Lin $5 million the first two years and then $15 million in the final one? That’s a lot of dough for a guy who has started just 25 games in his NBA career, but Houston seems to feel he’s worth it. Now I remember the whole ‘Linsanity’ fiasco, and back then I, like most of the sports nation, was captivated by it. I got caught up in the phenomenon and thought Lin was better than he actually was, considering his shredding of teams with average defenses. But that doesn’t mean that the kid can’t play in this league at all. He certainly has some talent that could be further developed, and within the right system I feel as if he could eventually flourish. Houston’s offer seems to suggest that they would build a system around him, whereas New York’s seems more geared towards the likes of Anthony and Amare Stoudemire. With the deadline closing in, however, the Knicks could very easily swoop in and make Lin an offer he couldn’t refuse. Things happen suddenly in sports, so a spur-of-the-moment decision wouldn’t be out of the question. Ultimately, however, I think you’ll see Jeremy Lin donning a Houston Rockets jersey next season.