Jeremy Lin Splashes on Cover of GQ Magazine, Linsanity Very Much Alive and Well

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterOctober 16, 2012

Photo Credit: GQ Magazine
Photo Credit: GQ Magazine

Linsanity has a new home for the upcoming NBA season, but it will be just as fierce as it ever was, as illustrated by the cover of the latest GQ Magazine

The man who stole New York City's heart with his tremendous story and broke it when he was later injured is leading the charge in Houston. 

Jeremy Lin is about to invigorate Rockets fans and entertain the rest of us while doing so. 

The latest is a spread in GQ that covers the journey Lin experienced to the top of Manhattan pop culture and his return to the Houston Rockets as a much bigger star than when he left. 

Will Leitch caught up with Lin who is back with the team he played in just two preseason games with before being waived back in 2011. 

Rest assured, fine denizens of NYC. Lin misses you greatly. 

You can't ask for a city or a fan base to embrace somebody more than they embraced me. I know it's kind of silly to talk about it with only two years under my belt in the league, but going in before free agency, I was like, 'I want to play in front of these fans for the rest of my career.' I really did. I really wanted to play in front of the Madison Square Garden fans for the rest of my career, because they're just unbelievable.

The story covers a wide swath of what encompasses Linsanity, delving into the high points of last season, the racism encountered along the way and his landing in Houston, a place he claims to know little about. 

If his time with the Rockets is anything like it was with the Knicks, we fully expect him to embrace the experience with wide arms. 

At the heart of it all is a young man who is trying to find his way in the NBA. 

There are those that will never have a good opinion about his game or his talents as a starting guard, and then there are those that pour everything they have into Linsanity, making him the second coming of Tim Tebow, albeit in a basketball jersey and shorts. 

I totally hear and agree with people who are like, 'He still has to learn. He's not established enough. He hasn't done it long enough.' I agree with them. I mean, obviously I don't always agree with everyone who says, 'He's at most a backup point guard,' things like that. I'm trying to find a balance. I'm not like the next Michael Jordan, but I'm also not what everyone saw me as before I started playing in the NBA, either.

While other players land softly into a niche as a "solid backup player" or "stout role player," Lin is a rock star who is dissected each and every time he touches the ball: by the media, the fans and himself. 

The rock star tour heads to Houston. If it's anything like what we saw from last season, we are all in store for quite the show. 

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