The Return of Linsanity to NY – Jeremy Lin is coming home
Recently SASN Radio was able to catch up with Jeremy Lin in Houston. On a warm and humid 72 degree night the Toyota center was a buzz. It was Muslim American night sponsored by area Mosques. 800 local area Muslims and one from NY representing SASN Radio were in attendance to to see their Houston Rockets taken on the Boston Celtics.
The game began fast and furious with the Rockets taking an early commanding lead. The fans were still filling in when the Rockets ran break after break to take a 10 point lead. James Harden scored 21 points and Reserve Greg Smith had 20 points. The Celtics seemed to be adamant on stopping the play of Jeremy Lin. Whenever he touched the ball he was met by Rajon Rondo 15 points 13 assists 4 steals but 7 turnovers and Garnett 14 points. They forced Jeremy in to making errant passes. Lin continued his uneven season with the Rockets as he scored only 5 points but did have 7 assists and 2 blocks.
After the game SASN Radio caught up with Jeremy Lin and spoke to him about tonight’s game. He mentioned that he wanted to be aggressive and it proved to be effective in the 3rd game. Rondo had said that he was looking forward to playing against Jeremy Lin and he talked about trying to get a triple double against him. Lin shook off those comments and said that ever since Linsanity in NY blew up that he is used to this. Every night game in and game out he knows that teams are gunning for him. When the NY Knicks last played the Rockets, Jeremy said it was a big game but it was like any other game for him. Every game is a big game for him. He was then asked about what is waiting for him in NY this upcoming week. What his thoughts of what is going to be facing him in NY. According to Jeremy he doesn’t know what is going to happen in NY for sure, but he knows it is going to be wild. ”Whatever the crowd is going to be like there is going to be a lot of energy”. When asked if he plays better with a target on his back? He said that is not personal and it’s just the business. And if people are gunning for him he has to become a better player. He wouldn’t want it any other way. When asked what type of reception he is going to get in MSG. Jeremy said mostly good and some bad but he isn’t trying to think about it. But let’s see how it goes.
Jeremy was definitely aware that the media was pushing the return of Linsanity in NY but for him it is great for him to be back there where it all began. Lin did say that he couldn’t worry what type of reception he was going to get in MSG, he is there to just play.
Notes about the game:
This game had many back stories. One of them was the story between Kevin Garnett and the current Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale. Both had shared many years together while Garnett was involved in the Timberwolves organization, first as a coach and later as a general manager. After the game was over Kevin Garnett went to McHale and gave him a warm embrace. A true moment between friends. One by one various Celtics players game to McHale and gave him hugs. Kevin McHale in just his 2nd game back after he left the Rockets to be with his family as his 23 year old daughter had died of Lupus. It was an emotional time for Kevin and the Celtics family acknowledged it and wanted to show their support to the former Celtic great.