Last night was strange.
There were thunderous boos followed by wimpy cheers. Nobody really knew how to react to Jeremy Lin's return, especially midway through when he was running the ball down New York's throat.
Without any idea whether to applaud, curse or cry, I turned to Twitter to see what the rest of the world was thinking.
Big boos rain down on Lin shooting foul shots. Lin smiles. He gets it. He gets NYC. That's what made the whole thing a little maddening.— Jason Gay (@jasonWSJ) December 18, 2012
Something tells me there's a difference between Jeremy Lin, and other formerly iconic Knicks who've made their return to the Garden in the past...
I remember Latrell's first game back at MSG and he spent most of the night cursing at James Dolan. Lin could do that in two languages— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) December 18, 2012
The Knicks fanbase leader has spoken:
Tonight At Da Garden I Will Not Boo Jeremy Lin At His Introduction But After TIP-OFF.....— Spike Lee (@SpikeLee) December 17, 2012
At this point in the game, nobody even remembered that Jeremy Lin once wore orange and blue.
Judging by the chorus of boos as Lin shoots free throws, it seems NY's love of Linsanity has officially ended. Lin's 16 points against them doesn't help.— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) December 18, 2012
This is why Knick fans love Tyson Chandler. He's the closest thing to '90s basketball in New York.
Jeremy Lin and Tyson Chandler are running into each other quite a bit at the rim tonight. And Chandler is not being friendly :) ... #Knicks
— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) December 18, 2012
Good shot, here. You get the feeling that Lin had a little bit better connection with guys like Amar'e Stoudemire than he does with Omer Asik.
NBA (@NBA) December 17, 2012
If there's one thing pro- and anti-Jeremy Lin New York fans can agree on, it's that Mark Sanchez really stinks.
Last night, Mark Sanchez committed more turnovers than both Jeremy Lin & Raymond Felton.
— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) December 18, 2012
Funny thing about rush to judge Jeremy Lin. His 25 NY starts viewed as too small a sample. His 24 Houston starts treated as enough to judge.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) December 18, 2012
Of course, the Jeremy Lin closeout tweet. You wonder if this tweet gets sent if he shoots 1-for-9 with eight turnovers.
Had a fun time back at MSG tonight...lots of great memories!! Thx to all the fans who showed out. All glory to God! twitter.com/JLin7/status/2…— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) December 18, 2012