Jeremy Lin: Leaving the New York Knicks Is the Smart Move

Hayden Kim@@HayDayKimCorrespondent IIIJuly 13, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11:  NBA player Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks accepts the Best Breakthrough Athlete award onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Linsanity and the Big Apple might as well be one. 

After Jeremy Lin rose to stardom this last season with the New York Knicks, box offices and fans were never so excited over one player on the floor.

Though Lin was shortly sidelined after a season-ending knee injury, New York and Lin formed a bond that looked to never be broken. 

But as of now, Linsanity looks to be headed in a new direction, a direction that does not involve the Big Apple or thousands of screaming Knicks fans holding signs with phrases like, "To Linfinity and Beyond." 

Whether or not New York is ready to let their prized possession go, it looks as though the issue will settle soon.

According to David Aldridge of TNT, "Jeremy Lin has officially signed three-year, $25.1M offer sheet with the Rockets," and the Knicks will have a mere three days to match the offer. 

Now before all of you Lin fans begin to scream and holler about the stupidity that would arise from the Knicks not matching the $25.1M offer sheet that the Rockets proposed, think carefully about what may be best for Lin heading forward. 

Lin has been without a doubt the epitome of hard work and dedication. As a Harvard graduate and the first Asian-American basketball player to make it to the NBA, he has been a role model to every aspiring player—something that can be said only of a few players.

But as the free-agency period has gone into a frenzy, so has Lin's potential time with the Knicks. And if the Knicks do indeed decide to let Lin go, let me tell you, there will be something even better on the other side—even if it is in good 'ole Houston, Texas. 

Many of you may have forgotten about the seven-foot sensation that was Yao Ming, but for those you who have not, you know what I am about to say. The Houston Rockets have been home to the biggest Asian player to play in the NBA, and now they will have the opportunity to host possibly an even bigger Asian basketball player who, mind you, isn't a full-blown foreigner. 

Houston has already established a fanbase of not only Chinese fans, but of all Asians alike. This may be a small aspect of a much bigger picture, but let's be honest, there is a lot going for Lin if he heads for Houston. 

But on to the big picture of Lin leaving New York. 

Lin will be the center of attention in Houston and it could potentially be a birth of a whole new story for the media to gobble up. The Knicks recently acquired Jason Kidd and as of now, there is no telling if Kidd will be the type to mentor Lin as he was brought in to potentially do so. On a side note, Coach Woodson has been known to not favor Lin as his main guy and though he may have seemed to try and make-up for it by saying Lin will definitely be back to run the offense for the Knicks this year, there is no guarantee if Coach Woodson really does like Lin. 

And yes, Coach Woodson could have easily been feeding the media what they want to hear, isn't that what every coach does nowadays?

In Houston, Lin would have the center stage to prove that Linsanity was not a fluke and as a bonus, Coach McHale has proven to be a plus as he looks to be a solid coach in this league. There would less of a chance of misusing Lin and honestly, anything is better than the iso-offense Coach Woodson apparently likes to run with the perfect player, Carmelo Anthony

Lin may have been born in New York, but he won't be able to live unless he goes to Houston. Glitz and glamour are just not fitting for Lin, and at the end of the day, Lin may just be a backup guard in this otherwise guard-heavy league. 

Who knows where Lin will end up, but wherever he does, you never know if somewhere other than New York would suit Lin better.


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