Jeremy Lin opens up about his heartbreaking departure from the New York Knicks (Kent Smith/NBAE/Getty Images)

When Jeremy Lin arrived in New York City for the 2011-12 season, the Linsanity took the Big Apple by storm. The start of his time with the Knicks was slow and uneventful. February rolled around and the Silicon Valley native started an 11-game stretch that led to tremendous excitement for a fanbase that had missed it.

Despite his averages of 24 points and 9.2 for those games, and his 14.6 points and 6.2 assists overall, the Knicks didn’t want to ink the then-23-year-old to a long term deal. Instead, Lin went and signed a deal with the Houston Rockets.

In an interview with the New York Post’s Steve Serby, Lin expressed his sadness with having to leave the organization where he birthed his NBA career:

“I was really, really sad. I was sad the way everything went down, ’cause nothing happened the way I thought it was going to. I had wished that they had offered me a contract just in the beginning, and that didn’t even happen. And then, when I found out that they weren’t gonna match, I was even more sad, ’cause honestly, I wanted to finish my career there.”

This offseason, Jeremy Lin signed a three-year, $36 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets, where he plans on leaving “Linsanity” in the past.

“This isn’t the re-creation of Linsanity (smile), this is, for me, just the next chapter,” Lin added. “That’s all I’m gonna focus on. If people want to call it whatever they want to call it, they can go ahead and do that, but I’ve kind of set out to see how good I can become and see how good I can make this team.

His most recent season was spent with the Charlotte Hornets, and Lin averaged 11.7 points and 3.0 assists and brought great energy off the bench as a backup to Kemba Walker.

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