From sleeping on one's couch to gaining millions of guaranteed dollars in a contract within a one year span, Jeremy Lin had indeed experienced quite the turnaround in 2011. Now headed to the Houston Rockets after the New York Knicks shockingly did not match their off sheet, Lin has a hell of a lot to prove; especially in a full season.
However, the 23 year-old recently admitted something that is sure to be on most people's minds; how he dealt with the Linsanity craze.
According to the Mercury News, the Taiwanese-American guard gave the following response when he was asked if the New York city pandemonium got to his head:
"If I'm being honest, in some ways, yes (Linsanity did get into his head)," Lin told the paper. "I fought it every day. But I think subconsciously it had its effect, everyone catering to you. People were saying only good things for so long that when people said negative stuff, it was like, 'Whoa, what's going on?'"
The 23 year-old also spoke about his spirituality and gave his take on his critics.
"I will always, always have doubters," Lin said. "But I really want to reach my potential to bring glory to God. That is more motivation than haters and doubters. I want to work just as hard, give just as much, whether or not I have haters."
One person who is on the newbie star's side is none other then former Rockets center Yao Ming. The retired Chinese standout truly believes that Lin can play a crucial role in resurging the barely .500 organization.
According to the Focus Taiwan, Ming commented on what he thought Lin can bring to the court.
"I consider Jeremy Lin a very good puzzle (piece) for the reconstruction of the Rockets. He is an excellent team player and at the critical time, he will not be soft."
Lin's work ethic clearly shined through in his limited time with the New York Knicks. However, many still remain undecided as to whether or not the Linsanity craze was legit.
If the California native can stay healthy for the complete season, then the sky will be the limit. Or will it be? Only time and minutes played on the floor will tell.