“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?
“Nothing is set in stone. That’s what I’ve learned,” Lin said Thursday. “We talked about (my free agency). I love the Knicks and the organization. But at the same time, it’s a business. Me, personally, I think it would be great if I come back. But crazy things happen and I don’t really know what’s going to happen.”
Perhaps in spite of Stephen A Smith’s diatribe on Monday morning, Knicks interim coach Mike Woodson has stated that Jeremy Lin will not play in game 5 against the Heat on Wednesday. Woodson said that Lin is not physically ready for action yet.
The Knicks have lost Iman Shumpert and Baron Davis to major knee injuries (Davis is expected to be out for a year) in this series. Everybody’s favorite, Mike Bibby will start on Wednesday night.
Due to the fact that I was at the gym at the time, I only heard bits and pieces of Stephen A. Smith’s rant about Lin’s inactivity in this series. Smith believes that if Lin is able to get shots off in practice, then should be able to play for maybe 12-15 minutes off the bench for the Knicks. It is an all hands on deck situation for the Knicks; they are the walking wounded, but how effective is Lin going to be if he’s just at 70%? We all saw how effective Lin was against the Heat in mid February at the height of Linsanity…
(Via Yahoo! Sports)
S/O to @BlackLapelCC for styling my suit for the Time 100 event tonight…still in awe at all the cool people i met! - @JLin7 - Jeremy Lin
TIME Names Tebow, Lin Among Its Most Influential People
New York stars Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin led the list of sportsmen who were named among TIME’s most influential people Wednesday.
In its annual “TIME 100,” the magazine includes a tribute to the 24-year-old Jets quarterback from the Knicks point guard.
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