Linsanity isn't going anywhere, according to New York Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald, who told Al Iannazzone of New York Newsday that Jeremy Lin is likely to return to the team next year, via Twitter:
Grunwald said he can't see a scenario where the Knicks don't keep Lin.
— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) May 25, 2012
In addition, Marc Berman and the New York Post stated "Grunwald sounded all in on Linsanity," and had the following quote from the Knicks GM: “We can keep him if we want him,” Grunwald said. “We do want to keep him. And I believe Jeremy has had a great experience here and I believe he wants to come back.”
That's tremendous news for a franchise that hasn't had much to cheer about during the last decade or so and that desperately needs a point guard.
Lin was one of the bright spots for the team during the middle of this past season. The team may have had enough talent to give the Miami Heat a run for their money in the playoffs this year if not for his unfortunate knee injury at the end of the season.
In limited action for the Knicks this year, Lin put up numbers to rival some of the top point guards in the NBA: 14.6 points per game, 6.2 assists per game, 3.1 rebounds per game and 1.6 steals per game (h/t basketball-reference.com).
While it's true that the team did struggle a bit when a previously-injured Carmelo Anthony re-entered the lineup to play next to Lin, it should be a non-issue given the proper coaching and a full training camp this summer.
Lin is a special player.
Yes, his hype has died down quite a bit since the heights of Linsanity earlier this year, but there's no doubting that he brings a lot to the table that will help the Knicks going forward.
Now it's time for the team to focus on adding a shooting guard that can actually hit an outside shot with regularity—no disrespect to J.R. Smith.
Let's hope Grunwald is correct in his assessment, because the Knicks would be in trouble if Lin goes elsewhere next season.