It’s a sad, sad day for many New York basketball fans, especially the proud men and women who write the punny headlines for the backpages of the city’s tabloids: Jeremy Lin is no longer a Knick. (For the record, the Post went with “End of the Lin,” and the Daily News countered with “Lin Star State.”)
Last season, the unheralded Harvard graduate, who’d been cut by two other NBA teams, came out of nowhere to electrify the team and the entire city with his heroics. Sports Illustrated put him on their cover. Twice! In a row! Ultimately, his season was cut short due to injury, but his rags-to-riches story from sleeping on friends’ couches to hitting game winners at Madison Square Garden was the highlight of the team’s season. All in all, the media’s effusive praise of this phenom made Tim Tebow worship seem quaint by comparison.
Well, it’s over. At least in New York.
Lin accepted a three-year deal worth $25 million from the Houston Rockets — the same team that cut him last pre-season — after the Knicks refused to match that offer. Some Knicks fans are crushed, while others have already moved on. New York has signed aging All-Star Jason Kidd and reacquired Raymond Felton to take Lin’s place. Truth be told, they might have made the smart move: As explosive as Lin was at times last year, he’s a turnover machine and a defensive liability.
That’s no consolation, however, to folks now stuck with a $70 Jeremy Lin Knicks jersey. According to sports business reporter Darren Rovell, Modell Sports is stuck with 40,000 Lin related items, forcing them to discount his Knicks T-shirts from $20 to $5. Those prices are… Lin-sssaaaaane!