The Los Angeles Lakers’ big summer signing wasn’t Carmelo Anthony, but a former teammate who inspired the brief era known as Linsanity.
Jeremy Lin, at the time a relative unknown, was claimed off waivers by the New York Knicks in late December, 2011. What followed was a redemptive tale connecting cultural identity to a dizzying string of high-scoring games before a season-ending knee injury.
The point guard’s 35 games with the Knicks led to a lucrative contract with the Houston Rockets. And while he had some winning moments in Houston, Lin’s star never seemed to burn as brightly as during that brief winter zenith in New York City when his sudden fame transcended sports.
Now he’s a member of the Lakers, obtained along with a future first-round draft pick in exchange for cash consideration and the rights to Sergei Lishchuk—an obscure Ukrainian power forward whose rights have bounced around the league since being drafted in 2004.
Lin joins a team in transition and could simply wind up moving again—his present contract ends at the end of next season.
For now he’s excited, however, posting on Twitter: “I’m so blessed to join the Lakers and can’t wait to get started!”
What will his year with the Lakers bring? The possibilities are endless, from disaster to fantastic.