Jeremy Lin recently made headlines by stating that he initially didn’t want to join the Houston Rockets when he signed the Rockets’ offer sheet in 2012.
Heading into the free agency period of the 2012 offseason, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey set his sights on landing a star player, and understandably so. The Rockets knew they would need star power in order to have any chance of contending in the Western Conference and they had just lost two of their best players in Kyle Lowry and Goran Dragic.
The biggest sensation in the league at the time was Jeremy Lin, who sparked a global Linsanity movement, as basketball fans everywhere gravitated to the unheralded Harvard product. Lin developed stardom with the New York Knicks, who boast one of the largest media markets, which was very generous to him and his story.
Speaking of his story, he had one of the best ones in the league, as he bounced around multiple teams in the G-League and had been unable to find a spot on the Golden State Warriors or the Rockets, before finally breaking through on the Knicks’ squad during the 2011-12 season.
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