Jeremy Lin Is A GQ Cover Boy, Still Sounds Sad About Leaving The Knicks
The height of Linsanity feels like a long time ago, doesn't it? It wasn't really - it was only eight months ago that he torched the Lakers for 38 - but given all that's transpired since then, from the injury at the end of the year to the Knicks letting him leave for the Rockets in restricted free agency, October feels far, far removed from February. And while Lin will still undoubtedly be followed now - to see if he keeps improving, to see how he adjusts to his new team - it's hard to imagine the hype surrounding him ever approaching what it was earlier this year. Or maybe not...
Yeah, the around-the-clock ESPN coverage might not be there anymore, but an appearance on the cover of GQ (and corresponding profile and photo shoot, of course) might be the strongest statement yet on just how big Lin got in American culture in general. And as for that Will-Leitch-penned profile, it was... kind of depressing, at least in spots. Why? Because once again, we're hearing from a guy who sounds like he wanted no part of leaving the Knicks:
Lin is already exhausted by the time we get on the West Side Highway, and he'll actually pass out on me before we successfully navigate the nightmarish traffic and drop him on ESPN's doorstep. But for now, he's just bummed to be leaving so soon. He misses New York, its people, its fans. "You can't ask for a city or a fan base to embrace somebody more than they embraced me," he says. "I know it's kind of silly to talk about it with only two years under my belt in the league, but going in before free agency, I was like, 'I want to play in front of these fans for the rest of my career.' I really did. I really wanted to play in front of the Madison Square Garden fans for the rest of my career, because they're just unbelievable."
Safe to say, those fans were hoping for the same. Granted, they would have stopped embracing him so fully if his level of play dropped off. Lin got the highest of the highs without much of the downside of playing in New York. And granted, as Marc Berman from the New York Post pointed out, if the Rockets hadn't changed their Lin offer sheet so that the third year of his contract would be for an insane amount, he'd almost certainly still be a Knick.
But Lin clearly wanted to stick around, and things didn't work out that way. Even though he might turn out to have a good thing going in Houston, and New York's universal love for him was unsustainable, who could forgive him to want to try and keep this going?
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