Linsanity has had its ups and down this week.
On Monday, Jeremy Lin came off the bench and, in a reminder of how he sparked the New York Knicks in the winter of 2012, led the Houston Rockets to a victory over the Toronto Raptors in double overtime. On Wednesday, he started because James Harden was out with a foot injury and provided 34 points (with nine three-pointers) and 12 assists in a Linsanity-esque performance in the Rockets’ 123-117 OT loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Tonight, he returns to Madison Square Garden, site of Linsanity, for the second time since he signed with Houston in the summer of 2012 and the Knicks didn’t match the Rockets’ $25-million signing sheet.
“People have been asking, ‘You think it will be a big deal?’” he said of his return (via the New York Daily News’ Mitch Lawrence). “I don’t really think so. I think people are going to be more excited, or there’s going to be a lot of attention around Dwight [Howard] and James. They are the face of the franchise. I’m hoping I will be a subplot.”
Lin? A subplot? Not in the Garden. He may not quite be having the last laugh on the Knicks, but he has, according to the New York Times’ Harvey Araton, “earned, at the expense of his former team and its impetuous owner, a well-timed chortle.”