For nine games last season, New York Knicks fans were overcome with a brief illness. It was known as "Linsanity."
Brought on by then-unknown point guard and Harvard grad Jeremy Lin, the Knicks went 8-1 over this stretch. The crazy part was that it was all done without star forward Carmelo Anthony and, mostly, fellow star Amar'e Stoudemire. Instead, Lin proved to be beyond capable of taking control on offense, both in scoring and passing.
The euphoria was sadly short-lived, as Anthony and Stoudemire returned and Lin's production dropped. He signed with the Houston Rockets over the summer and has struggled thus far, averaging just 10 points and 6.3 assists while shooting 33 percent from the field.
The Knicks visit Houston tonight to face Lin and the Rockets. There's no telling what kind of game it will be, but the New York fans will watch and fondly remember the joy Lin brought to them for a short time last season.
He may be on a new team now, but reliving some of the memories will never get old.