We figure it's probably time for a little Jeremy Lin closure, right? It's over, it's done, he's gone, the Knicks are moving on. The Knicks have a three-year window to win a championship, and Lin is just 23 years old. Two ships passing in the night, really. So, we can wrap it all up. In an interview with GQ — an interview he did with us for GQ magazine, actually — Lin laments leaving the Knicks one last time. And then everyone can move on with their lives.
Lin talks about his future as a Rocket and the lunacy of last year and what it means to be an Asian-American athlete, but for our purposes, let's just quote his short section about no longer being a Knick. The money quote:
"I might have been a lot more reserved about everything in free agency," he says — the implication being that he wouldn't have sought out the offers. "But the thing about it is, there was no other way to handle the situation. I didn't get an offer from the Knicks, so I had to go test my market."
This confirms what Knicks fans had suspected: Lin had wanted to be a Knick all along, and thought he would be a Knick all along ... and only at the last minute realized the Knicks weren't going to match his offer. (From all accounts, everyone involved with the Knicks found out at the last minute as well.) Which makes us think much more that, somehow, this could have been avoided. Someone just didn't have the right conversation at the right time.
Oh, well, no matter. The season starts in two weeks, and the Knicks are going to be a lot better than the Rockets. (This year, anyway.) Lin comes to town on December 17. This'll probably be the last time we talk about Lin until then. Probably the best for everybody.