Linsanity was born in New York City. Perhaps it can be reborn there as well.
Four years after he left the New York Knicks to sign a free agent contract with the Houston Rockets, Jeremy Lin has signed a three-year, $36 million deal with the Brooklyn Nets, per ESPN.
He confirmed the deal himself via Twitter.
— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) July 1, 2016
Lin became a New York celebrity in 2011-2012 after he was claimed off waivers following guard Iman Shumpert’s injury. In 35 games for the Knicks, he averaged 14.6 points per game, shot 45 percent from the field, and was added to the Rising Stars roster during All-Star Weekend. The jury was still out on his long-term viability so the Knicks let him test free agency and he ended up signing with the Rockets instead of remaining in New York. Unfortunately for Lin his stats began to decline and fears that Linsanity was a one-year wonder bubbled up (even though he still averages double-digit scoring).
After two years in Houston, Lin spent one season with the Lakers and one with the Hornets, opting out of his contract after this past season. Now the Harvard product returns to the city that made him a star with the hopes that he can recapture that glory and remind a city and a nation what Linsanity is all about.