Everyone has an opinion on what happened between Jeremy Lin, the New York Knicks and the Houston Rockets, a free-agent drama that has ended with Linsanity rocketing off to Texas to join Houston. Here is some of what is being said in the wake of this development -- an unfortunate one from the perspective of Knicks fans.
Of course, Lin's departure has already been memorialized in song. From the folks at NOC videos comes 'Jeremy That I Used To Know.' Kudos to Huffington Post for the find.
"Jeremy Lin That I Used to Know" Song Parody (via NOC)
Jeremy Lin’s Departure to Houston Already Costing Knicks Money - Bloomberg
The New York Knicks decision to let guard Jeremy Lin sign a free-agent contract with the Houston Rockets is already costing them money.
The Knicks didn’t match Houston’s three-year, $25 million offer by yesterday’s deadline for Lin, a Harvard University graduate and the first Chinese- or Taiwanese-American to play in the National Basketball Association.
One-year sponsorships with Taiwan-based Maxxis International, a tire manufacturer, and Acer Inc. the fourth- largest computer maker, ended after a season in which Lin averaged 14.6 points and 6.2 assists in 35 NBA games with the Knicks. His clutch shooting and passing made him an international sensation and inspired the catchphrase "Linsanity."
"We are definitely interested in a sponsorship with the Houston Rockets," said Matt Clark, marketing manager for Maxxis International, USA. "We are a Taiwanese-based company and not only are we excited about Jeremy Lin and the exposure he is getting throughout the U.S., but he is huge over in Asia."
Jeremy Lin’s departure a surprise to ex-coach, teammates - BostonHerald.com
Mike D’Antoni was there for the start of Linsanity, Kobe Bryant on the wrong end of its greatest highlight.
Neither imagined next season opening without Jeremy Lin on the New York Knicks.
"No. Not when the kicker was they can match. I’m thinking, for sure," said former Knicks coach D’Antoni on Wednesday before the U.S. Olympic team practiced. "Even when I was there, well at least we got him, we don’t have to worry about him blowing up and us not being able to afford it."
Ultimate Rockets " From across the pond, more praise for Lin
Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler, now two former teammates of Jeremy Lin, said they are going to miss their former teammate who became a Houston Rocket on Tuesday.
"I know the Knicks organization wanted him back, I know his teammates wanted him back, I felt like Jeremy wanted to come back, but can’t pass up what Houston threw out there," Chandler told the Associated Press in Manchester, England, where he is working out with the U.S. Olympic team.
"Houston threw something in the game that was kind of crazy," Anthony said of the Rockets’ restructured offer sheet that would have cost the Knicks nearly $30 million in the third year of the deal in salary and luxury tax.
Dolan Breaks Faith With Knicks Fans Again - NYTimes.com
By officially cutting the Knicks’ ties to Jeremy Lin late Tuesday night, James L. Dolan flunked the faith test he administered to his ticket-buying fan base just a little more than a year ago.
Lin and Out: Knicks Decline to Match Rockets' Offer Sheet (via sbnation)