“We will never know what would have happened if Lin had not signed that offer sheet with Houston, instead returning to New York to play alongside Anthony, Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith and Tyson Chandler. Would last years Knicks have had the juice to beat the Pacers? There’s no way to know.
One thing I know, is that — years from now, when his career is a fading memory — he will have to ask himself questions like this:
Jeremy, if you could do it all over again, would you have stayed in New York?”
“I went into an absolute shell for a few months in New York,” Lin told Yahoo! Sports. “I went through a phase when I didn’t want to talk to anybody. I didn’t want to talk to my friends. I didn’t want to give anybody close to me a chance to mess up our relationship. I saw how publicity and fame changed certain people around me, and changed how people looked at me. And I hated it.”
NYC! Come join GQ’s Devin Gordon, Grantland’s Hua Hsu, New York Magazine’s Will Leitch and documentary filmmaker Ursula Liang as they discuss the GQ’s November 2012 Cover Star Jeremy Lin at the Museum of Chinese in America this Friday. Launching the museums new sports-relared public program series, MOCASPORTS, they’ll be discussing Lin’s compelling story and what the next chapter might hold for Linsanity. Details below.
ROCKETMAN: The Future of Jeremy Lin
Friday, November 9, at 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Admission: $10 non-members/ $5 MOCA members
RSVP required: firstname.lastname@example.org
Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre Street
New York, NY 10013
Telephone: 212 619 4875
For more information and upcoming events, please visit www.mocanyc.org.
Recommended reading: Jeremy Lin’s “Rocket Man” November GQ cover story by the estimable OG NYC blogger, Will Leitch. Leitch drove with Lin from Manhattan to Bristol, CT where he was taping an ESPN commercial segment (proof that he’s made it into the pantheon of world’s most recognizable athletes). They talked about everything that’s changed in Jeremy’s life, his brother and sister-in-law’s couch, and—of course—what happened with the Knicks.
It’s gonna be tough without him on the Knicks, but I have a hard time with those fans that have dropped the Knicks simply because Dolan and Co. dropped Lin. I’ll root for them regardless of their owner and players. Yes, I’d prefer we kept Lin (this is an understatement), but they’re my team. Maybe it’s because I’m also a Bills fan that I’m so stubborn about this, but if you really want to call yourself a fan, you stick with your team even when they make atrocious and borderline evil moves like not matching Houston’s offer sheet and leaving a befuddled Jeremy headed to Texas.
James Dolan is an awful owner and a more awful person (still not as awful as Donald Sterling though), but I don’t cheer for James Dolan; I cheer for the Knicks. It’s an important distinction.
That’s a Harvard expression, right?