Now I'm not saying he's going to be as good as either of those two players or that we'll be seeing Linsanity part II anytime soon. But New York has quickly become the best sports-hair city in the known universe.
Former Knick Jeremy Lin returns to Madison Square Garden on Dec. 17 as a member of the Rockets, with whom he signed last offseason after New York famously declined to match Houston's three-year, $25.1 million offer. Here's a look at Lin's rise from undrafted, twice-waived Harvard point guard to global phenomenon. Born to Shirley and Gie-Ming Lin on Aug. 23, 1988, Jeremy Lin (center) grew up around basketball, learning the game from his father at a local YMCA in Palo Alto, Calif.
Lin helped Harvard set numerous program records during his senior year, including the mark for wins (21) and non-conference wins (11), and he was named a finalist for both the Bob Cousy Award (nation's top point guard) and the John R. Wooden Award (national player of the year).
Undrafted out of Harvard, Lin caught on with the Mavericks in the summer league. Over five games he averaged 9.8 points and 3.2 rebounds in 18.6 minutes, shooting a team-leading 54.5 percent from the floor.
In the month of February, Lin averaged 20.9 points and 8.4 assists, leading the Knicks to a 10-5 record. He had started the season fourth on the Knicks' depth chart at point guard, behind Mike Bibby, Baron Davis and Toney Douglas.
Mike D'Antoni, who had been instrumental in Lin's rise with his heavy pick-and-roll offense, stepped down as Knicks coach on March 14. The Knicks named assistant coach Mike Woodson in his place. Under Woodson, Lin came back down to earth, averaging 14.6 points (on 40.7 percent shooting), 6.3 assists and 3.8 turnovers.
The Knicks shut down Lin in late March with a knee injury that would eventually sideline him for the postseason as well. Here, he watches the playoffs from the sidelines with an injured Amar'e Stoudemire.
Lin's outstanding play (and global appeal) made him an international sensation. He entered the 2012 offseason as a restricted free agent, but the Knicks were reportedly prepared to match any offer on Lin "up to 1 billion dollars."