Jeremy Lin comes off the bench on Feb. 4 against the Nets, scores 25 points for Mike D'Antoni and the rest is Linsanity.
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Rockets guard Jeremy Lin spent Monday -- the one-year anniversary of the start of Linsanity -- nursing a sprained ankle, not celebrating.
After declaring himself "good to go" for Tuesday's game against Golden State in Houston, the former Knick reflected on his unexpected breakout one year ago from obscure Harvard product to overnight international sensation.
"(Monday), everyone was like 'Oh, congrats, it's been one year.' I didn't even realize it until I got a text," Lin told the Houston Chronicle. "It's crazy. God's been really good to me. It's only been one year, but it seemed like so long ago... It was definitely a whirlwind. I definitely enjoyed it. I definitely learned and grew a lot as a person. I got exposed to a lot more than I'll probably be exposed to the rest of my life as far as how fast everything happens."
Lin was on the verge of being cut by the Knicks last Feb. 4 when then-coach Mike D'Antoni inserted him off the end of the bench for a 25-point outburst to lead the Knicks to a victory over the Nets, igniting a season-saving seven-game winning streak.
"I remember I was in the shower and I was like in tears because it had been such a long journey for me," Lin said. "My (last) good game was probably in college to have that type of game. I still remember everything. I remember my phone calls that I made and where I went to dinner and all that.
"I think for me, every time I think back I'm thankful because I still remember like yesterday what it was like to be fighting for my spot and coming to work every day unsure if it would be my last. I'm just trying to stay thankful and grateful and keep that memory of where I used to be fresh in my mind so I don't take things for granted."
Source: New York Daily News | PETER BOTTE