Updated 07/19/2012 10:38 PM
Rockets Introduce Jeremy Lin
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Former Knick Jeremy Lin was formally introduced as the newest point guard for the Houston Rockets Thursday.
Lin signed a three-year, $25 million deal with the Rockets, which the Knicks decided not to match.
The 23-year-old was part of the Houston organization last season but never played for the team.
When asked if he felt it was a homecoming, he joked about it.
"It's very clear that they had plans for me and to use me," he said. "And they were very apologetic. (Rockets GM) Daryl (Morey) was very apologetic about letting me go. But the biggest thing is that I've been here and I know what it's all about. "
"When you've obviously made an error - and we made an error in letting him go - I think we've rectified it now," said Rockets owner Leslie Alexander.
Lin was waived by Houston last December before signing with the Knicks and becoming an international media sensation.
After he was thrown in to the starting rotation amid a rash of injuries, he propelled New York to a season-saving winning streak and graced the cover of Sports Illustrated two weeks in a row.
It was a long way from Linsanity at sporting good stores.
The Modell's in Times Square was offering deep discounts on Lin merchandise, with shirts priced at $5.
Fans we spoke with said they enjoyed his time with the Knicks but are fine with the move to Houston.
"That, what, 15 or 17 games that he had, it was great," said one fan. "But it doesn't make you a pro."
"A $5 Linsanity shirt, I might wear it to spit the Dolans," said a second.
"Carmelo, Chandler, maybe Novak but Lin's up outta here," said a third.
One fan joked that he may consider crossing the Brooklyn Bridge and becoming a Nets fan.