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Jeremy Lin “Preferred New York” but Signed with the Houston Rockets Anyway

| by Alex Groberman

The Jeremy Lin saga may be over officially, but there is certainly still tons to analyze from a purely soap opera-ish, sensationalistic angle.

For instance, why did the Knicks allow Lin to walk away for nothing? Even if you accept the general premise that they didn’t want to pay the luxury tax chunk that his massive contract would have been responsible for (which is a BS excuse, by the way), why wouldn’t they try to trade him? Surely they could have gotten something, anything for a young up-and-coming point guard in a league that’s dominated by them.

Something else had to have motivated James Dolan and Co. to be so egregiously stupid about this whole matter. Something beyond dollars and cents. What that something was we may never know, though.

Twelve hours after his Knicks exit became official, Lin has opened up about his departure from New York and how he really felt about the Big Apple. Despite the fact that he just got a huge new deal from the Houston Rockets, you can tell by what he says that Lin’s heart is still kind of, sort of back east.

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"Honestly, I preferred New York," Lin told Pablo S. Torre of Sports Illustrated. "But my main goal in free agency was to go to a team that had plans for me and wanted me. I wanted to have fun playing basketball. ... Now I'm definitely relieved."

So he went to Houston because they had ‘plans’ for him? Or did he go because of the money?

According to him, the plans.

"If I really wanted to, I could have triple-digit endorsements," he accurately pointed out.

"A year ago, I was just trying to stay alive and fight day by day, just to be on a roster. What I have now is way more than I ever would have dreamed of, and way more than I need."

What’s he going to miss most about being a Knick?

"I love the New York fans to death," Lin said. "That's the biggest reason why I wanted to return to New York. The way they embraced me, the way they supported us this past season, was better than anything I've ever seen or experienced. I'll go to my grave saying that. What New York did for me was unbelievable. I wanted to play in front of those fans for the rest of my career."

(Kudos Sports Illustrated)

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