Jeremy Lin returns to Houston Rockets, Linsanity leaves New York Knicks

By on Jul 18, 2012 in Basketball, Sports, United States Comments

NBA rising superstar Jeremy Lin is now back to Houston Rockets, after the New York Knicks decided on Tuesday, July 17, 2012, not to match the three-year, $25 million offer by the Rockets to him, with the Linsanity fever being expected to be seen on his former team in the next NBA season.

Jeremy Lin, in a Houston Rockets jersey
Image Credit: Bill Baptist/Getty Images

As noted by the New York Times on Tuesday night, the New York Knicks decided to let go Jeremy Lin sometime after 10 p.m. (local time), or less than two hours before the deadline to make the decision, with Rockets general manager Daryl Morey and Lin, who is a restricted free-agent, confirming the news via Twitter.

“Welcome to Houston @JLin7. We plan to hang on this time. You will love #RedNation.” Daryl Morey (@dmorey) tweeted shortly after the decision was made. Lin reportedly played seven minutes only in two preseason games with the Rockets last December 2011, and was waived by the team before the start of the season.

“Extremely excited and honored to be a Houston Rocket again!! ‚Ä™Much love and thankfulness to the Knicks and New York for your support this past year…easily the best year of my life.” Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) tweeted on Tuesday, confirming his exit from the New York Knicks.

“In his limited opportunity last season, Jeremy showed that he has all the skills to be a great player in this league for many years to come. In addition to being a great passer, he is also exceptional at driving to the rim and finishing plays.” Houston Rockets team owner Leslie Alexander was quoted in the statement.

Lin, 23, a Harvard graduate, played 26 games for the Knicks last season and became a household name after leading the team to win seven consecutive games, showing his unique basketball skills particularly his buzzer-beating shots. But on late March, Lin suffered a knee injury, and later missed the rest of the season games.

Related Post: Jeremy Lin hits 3-point shot buzzer beater, New York Knicks vs Toronto Raptors, 90-87 (Video)

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