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Jeremy Lin rose to fame when he became a starter for the New York Knicks last February. While he is now wearing a Houston Rockets jersey and making fewer headlines in the sports world, the Christian guard is still thanking God for his opportunities.
After his first NBA start as a Knick last February, Lin managed to score 25 points and lead the New York team to a 7-game winning streak. The guard became the first player in NBA history to put up numbers of at least 20 points and seven assists in each of his first four starting games, causing sports pundits, celebrities and fans to name him and the phenomenon "Linsanity."
One year later, the guard who now plays for the Houston Rockets opened up about the nostalgic year he underwent on his journey to Texas.
"(Monday), everyone was like 'Oh, congrats, it's been one year.' I didn't even realize it until I got a text," Lin told The Houston Chronicle. "It's crazy. God's been really good to me. It's only been one year, but it seemed like so long ago … It was definitely a whirlwind. I definitely enjoyed it."
Although Lin had been vocal about having a hard time adjusting to the scrutiny and pressure of playing in New York, he said that the experience helped him grow.
"I definitely learned and grew a lot as a person," Lin told The Chronicle. "I got exposed to a lot more than I'll probably be exposed to the rest of my life as far as how fast everything happens."
Lin ended his career in New York with a knee injury last season before signing a $25 million 3-year contract with the Rockets that that the Knicks chose not to match. He proved that he is still an asset to his team with 28 points and nine assists in his team's most recent win against Golden State. Although Lin admitted that he was not prepared for the Linsanity that took place when he played for the Knicks, he maintains that he is grateful for the experience.
"I think for me, every time I think back I'm thankful because I still remember like yesterday what it was like to be fighting for my spot and coming to work every day unsure if it would be my last," Lin told The Chronicle. "I'm just trying to stay thankful and grateful and keep that memory of where I used to be fresh in my mind so I don't take things for granted."
Although he is not under the same spotlight as he once was playing in New York, Lin's story is still a special one that recently premiered in the form of the "Linsanity" documentary that made its debut at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival recently.
Lin himself spoke about the project in an MMXLII.com report.
"I'm just definitely trying to tell me story through my own eyes. I was going to kill some of the filmers during some of those tough times, getting cut and stuff. But they did a good job staying on me and making me at least get a couple minutes of footage here and there," Lin said about the documentary. "So there's some cool stuff in there. When things weren't going well that was the last thing on my mind. But going back I'm glad we got it because it's able to just show the journey."