After exploding onto the scene last season with the New York Knicks, Jeremy Lin was able to capture the attention of NBA fans like few players have been able to do in recent memory.
Linsanity, as it was come to be known, took over our television sets every night for a few weeks. Lin went from being a backup-backup from Harvard who couldn't see the court, to a dynamic scorer and clutch performer who was carrying the Knicks on his back.
Come the offseason, most people expected the Knicks to re-sign Lin and for him to be their point guard for the future, forming a Big Three with Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony.
However, when Lin signed with the Houston Rockets in the offseason instead, and the Knicks opted not to match the contract, it marked the end of Linsanity as we know it.
As much as Lin may continue to be in the spotlight now, there are two important reasons we will hear less and less about Jeremy Lin once the season starts in 2012.
First off, Houston cannot compete with New York in terms of media coverage and attention. If Lin was doing what he did last year in Golden State or Milwaukee, it would have caught the eye of hardcore NBA fans, but it never would have turned into what it did in New York.
The fact that Lin was doing what he was doing for the Knicks in Madison Square Garden was part of the allure of Linsanity, and it simply won't be the same in Houston.
Secondly, despite all of the Knicks flaws, they are inherently a better team than the Rockets. Houston took huge gambles in the offseason, and almost none of them paid off.
Their roster outside of Lin is paper thin, and no matter how well Lin plays, Houston will likely be nowhere near the playoff hunt.
With Lin playing in Houston, on a bad team, even the most diehard Linsanity fanatics may find it hard to keep up with him religiously during next season.