Jeremy Lin’s NBA career took off during his time with the New York Knicks and he is open to the idea of returning to Madison Square Garden, where the word Linsanity was created.
Lin has not been able to reach the same peak since leaving the Knicks in 2012 and has moved around constantly, from the Houston Rockets to Los Angeles Lakers to the Charlotte Hornets.
While the 27-year-old is interested in re-joining the Knicks, he knows that the chances of it happening are slim at best, especially as they recently acquired former NBA MVP Derrick Rose in a trade with the Chicago Bulls.
“It’s not looking likely because they just traded for Derrick Rose,” Lin said at the World Economic Forum. “But I will say that ever since I left, I’ve always been open to going back and I still am. Never say never, that’s the one thing in the NBA, never say never. So I’ve always been open, but right now, I’m not sure if it’s the best timing. But if it happens, it happens.”
With Lin having played for five different NBA teams in the six years he has been in the NBA, he is determined to find a permanent home as he is tired of changing teams so often.
“I’ve played six years in the NBA; I’ve played on five different teams. I’ve played for two D-League teams — so seven cities in six years,” he said. “I’m tired of boxes, I’m tired of moving companies, and I want to find a home.”
Lin also feels that he is approaching the peak of his career and is eager to join a team that will allow him to unleash his full potential.
“I want to see how good I can become,” he said. “I’m 27, and an athlete’s prime, or at least in the NBA, your prime is usually 27-30. That’s when you kind of peak physically (and) mentally and that’s where most players perform their best. So I’m going into my prime and I want to see how great I can be as a player, and that’s my purpose in free agency — so I’ll just exhaust every opportunity to see which one will be the best for me.”