The spring of 2012 was one of the most unique, memorable stretches in NBA history — “Linsanity” came completely out of nowhere and made a global superstar out of Jeremy Lin, almost singlehandedly saving the Knicks’ season. The following summer, they didn’t match his offer sheet from the Rockets, and this summer he signed with the Hornets. As an unrestricted free agent for the first time this year, Lin now says he had interest in returning to the Knicks, but the feeling wasn’t mutual.
“There was no conversation other than them telling me they weren’t interested,” the Hornets point guard told the Daily News ahead of Saturday’s preseason game against the Knicks.
Despite the acrimonious separation, Lin never ruled out a return to the Garden. But the 27-year-old believes those feelings aren’t reciprocated by the Knicks.
“I’ve always been open to it, ever since I, you know, I don’t want to say I necessarily left, ever since (they decided they didn’t want to re-sign me),” Lin said. “But I’ve always been open to it. But I don’t think they’re as open to it.”
Lin wouldn’t have made much sense for the Knicks. They’re high on rookie Jerian Grant at the point guard position, and there’s still hope that Jose Calderon can be a contributor. New York made some other successful signings this summer, including Robin Lopez, Kyle O'Quinn and Arron Afflalo. So as much as some fans would have liked a repeat of Linsanity, it was never a realistic option.