Former New York Knicks and now Miami Heat power forward Amare Stoudemire revealed in an interview with Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.com the reason why the Knicks allowed Jeremy Lin to join the Houston Rockets in 2012.
According to Stoudemire, Lin’s sudden burst of fame in New York City didn’t sit well to some of his teammates. As a matter of fact, that jealousy brewing in the Knicks locker room eventually prompted Lin to pack his bag and find a new team in the summer of 2012.
“If he stayed it would’ve been cool. But everyone wasn’t a fan of him being the new star. So he didn’t stay long. But Jeremy was a great, great guy. Great teammate. He put the work in and we’re proud of him to have his moment. A lot of times you gotta enjoy someone’s success. And that wasn’t the case for us during that stretch,” Stoudemire told Youngmisuk.
Three years after Linsanity, Stoudemire comments may have finally shed light as to why the Knicks let Lin, the savior of the 2011-2012 season and their mega cash-cow, walk away that easily.
After bouncing around the D-League and NBA bench in his first one-and-half season, Lin got a big break in the game against the New Jersey Nets on Feb. 4, 2012. Running out of option at point guard, Mike D’Antoni pulled off a wildcard of a move by inserting Lin in the game. The rest was history. Linsanity was born.
With a red-hot Lin leading the charge, New York not only won seven straight wins that kept them in playoff hunt that year, the franchise also garnered incredible amount of revenue, all thanks to Linsanity fever.
Sadly, locker room politics, something Stoudemire now confirmed, ended one of the coolest moment in Knicks history.
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