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Lin returns to New York

Published on December 17, 2012 by Scott Shirley   ·   No Comments

Tonight the Houston Rockets visit Madison Square Garden and that means Jeremy Lin will return to play the Knicks. Last year Lin was the talk of the sports world for about a month for the Knicks. That being said the Knicks let Lin walk to the Rockets.

Lin signed a three year deal worth $25.1 million with the Houston Rockets. The 3rd and final year is worth $15 Million. The Knicks decided not to match that offer.

Here is what Lin tweeted after he officially became a Houston Rocket:

“Much love and thankfulness to the Knicks and New York for your support this past year…easily the best year of my life#ForeverGrateful,”

“Extremely excited and honored to be a Houston Rocket again!!#RedNation,”

Lin had a great run with the Knicks he was the talk of the sports world for a couple of weeks. It all ended when Lin hurt his left knee and did not play the rest of the season.

Lin played 35 games for the Knicks. With the Knicks Lin averaged 14.6 point per game and 6.2 assists. Lin had ton of marketing appeal. Being the NBA’s first American-born player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent.

This season for the Rockets Lin is averaging 10.8 points and 6 assists.

The Knicks best player Carmelo Anthony thought it would have been ridiculous if the Knicks matched Lin’s contract. “It’s not up to me,” Anthony said with a laugh. “It’s up to the organization to say they want to match that ridiculous contract that’s out there.”

Here is what Lin told the Houston Chronicle about returning to MSG.

“If I were to be realistic, there will probably be a little bit of nostalgia or reminiscing and thankful for those times because those were great times,” Lin said. “At the same time, it’s the next chapter. I’m definitely ready to get it over with. I think in some sense there will be some closure. This will be the first return back to MSG, and there will never be another first return. We’re going to go out and play and have some fun.”

 

 

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