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Jeremy Lin, New York Knicks starting point guard, said he is happy that the public has lost interest in him since an injury contributed to his season ending in March. After the New York Knicks were unable to advance to the second round of the playoffs, Lin spoke about his future with the team since he has the ability to explore other options as a restricted free agent on July 1.
Lin spoke to reporters before his team lost to the Miami Heat on Wednesday night which resulted in the official end of their 2011-2012 NBA season. Instead of toying with the idea about playing in another city next year, Lin said he would be happy to suit up in his Knicks uniform again next year.
"Yeah, I'd love to. Yeah," Lin said of re-signing with the team. "This city and the organization have been great for me. They believed in me, so that's great."
Still, Lin admitted that the attention he received while playing under the big lights of New York City was a bit unsettling. The Harvard graduate managed to put up numbers of at least 20 points and seven assists in each of his first four starting games, causing many to label him "Linsanity."
"Linsanity," a combination of the Asian-American point guard's last name and the word insanity, has been used by NBA stars, sports pundits, celebrities and fans alike to describe the phenomenon surrounding the player who went from being overlooked by multiple teams to breaking records in one week. However, Lin's injury seemed to cause the "Linsanity" claims to die down, much to the star guard's approval.
"It's settled down," Lin said. "Not as much stuff going on, not getting pulled in as many different directions, and just learning how to say no, and learning how to weed people out and things like that. So I think I'm in a better place definitely. It's still a little hectic for me every day trying to figure things out."