Jeremy Lin wanted to retire a Knick Photograph by Paola Kudacki
Jeremy Lin, who will be on the cover of November’s issue of GQ, had a few admissions that Rockets’ fans and brass probably aren’t too thrilled with in the magazine that will hit newsstands today. In the article, Lin says he believes his Asian heritage perhaps worked against him in the Knicks not wanting to match Houston’s offer.
“There’s a lot of perceptions and stereotypes of Asian-Americans that are out there today,” Lin said. “I’m going to have to play well for a longer period of time for certain people to believe it, because I’m Asian. And that’s just the reality of it.”
Lin also would go on to say that he not only wanted the Knicks to match Houston’s offer, but retire a Knick.
“You can’t ask for a city or a fan base to embrace somebody more than they embraced me,” Lin said in a 4,300-word piece hitting newsstands today. “I know it’s kind of silly to talk about it with only two years under my belt in the league, but going in before free agency, I was like, ‘I want to play in front of these fans for the rest of my career.’ I really did.
“I really wanted to play in front of the Madison Square Garden fans for the rest of my career, because they’re just unbelievable.”
Even though Jeremy Lin signed the new revision offer the Rockets made, backloading the final year of his contract, he still thought he was going to be a Knick. Known as the “poison pill” the third year of Lin’s contract with the Knicks would have been for 14.5 million which scared Knicks owner James Dolan because of the new luxury-tax penalties.
“The Rockets thought I was going to be a Knick,” Lin said. “They told me when I signed. We think it’s an 80 to 95 percent chance of that happening.’’
Lin thought he’d be returning to the Knicks after head coach Mike Woodson met with Lin, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler in Los Angeles for dinner. Well not only did he not end up returning to the Knicks, he also had to return his all of his Knicks gear and memorabilia from his tenure with the team.
Lin told GQ he was forced to return all of his Knicks gear and has no memorabilia left — except for Linsanity shirts fans had given him.