It’s the huge shadow he cast on himself the moment he accepted an unbelievable three-year, $25 million offer from the Houston Rockets. It’s the elephant in the room that Jeremy Lin himself felt the need to speak on at a youth conference in Taipei, Japan. It’s the fact that ‘Linsanity’ has come and gone leaving an average NBA player to pick up the pieces.
Lin cited that during his first year in Houston he fell under the pressures of trying to live up to such huge expectations. “I was ready to invigorate the entire city of Houston. I was to save Houston basketball,” he told a youth group. “The coaches were losing faith in me; basketball fans were making fun of me,” he revealed showing that he does not have the thick skin to even try to escape the greatest week of his life.
What Jeremy Lin did was equivalent to winning $10 million in Las Vegas at the craps table only with a unique racial perspective that would make it a feel good story that would garner national prestige. His major fault in this whole fiasco wasn’t realizing that he had set expectations to an unattainable length for him but never admitting that it was a flash in the pan.
So many people want to believe in those wondrous 14 games that Jeremy Lin used to put on a basketball clinic for the New York Knicks. He dazzled the hearts and minds of America, reigniting that every man spirit that we all can compete with sheer hard work and determination. All fairy tales must end, and Lin never had a backup plan once it was over.
Lin is still owed by the two years and $20 million on his deal by the Rockets. He is expected to lead a team that fashions themselves a contender deep into the playoffs. Yet his biggest demon isn’t trying to accomplish that, it is trying to convince the fans that ‘Linsanity’ is over. When you examine the true meaning of fan, you can look for more misery on the horizon, Jeremy.