• "Linsanity" is named one of the greatest moments in New York Knicks history
  • Jeremy Lin is back in China as the Chinese Basketball Association resumes its season
  • Lin led the Beijing Ducks to two huge victories since their return

Eight years have passed but the magic of “Linsanity” in New York has continued to be a lingering memory on every Knicks fan. Turning a once unheralded Jeremy Lin into an instant legend overnight perhaps is the most celebrated time at the Madison Square Garden over the last decade or so. The fairy tale twist lasted for quite a while, and such unprecedented stretch has earned enough to be placed in New York City’s virtual Mount Rushmore of greatest moments.

Michael Corvo of Clutch Points tagged Lin’s sudden rise in 2012 as one of five most unforgettable recollections in Knicks history, describing it as a “worldwide phenomenon” that has brought the attention of basketball fans back to New York.

“For any Knicks fan under a certain age, the February 2012 stretch when Jeremy Lin took over the team and became a worldwide phenomenon is likely their most cherished memory,” Corvo wrote.

It was as if the stars aligned for the Asian-American at the time. With a depleted lineup, the Knicks were forced to tap Lin to enter the court. And before everyone knew it, he was already shredding every opposition to pieces and taking the NBA by storm.

“As the team dealt with multiple injuries, Mike D’Antoni gave Lin a chance—and he seized the opportunity like no one could ever have envisioned. Lin dropped 25 points in his first start vs. the Nets, then proceeded to average 23.8 points and 9.4 assists over the next 10 contest—of which the Knicks won eight.

“Lin’s meteoric rise peaked with his Valentine’s Day game-winning three on the Toronto Raptors—two days after torching Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers for 38 points on national television.”

Lin has taken a dive from the summit of stardom and has now settled for a professional career outside the NBA. But the one-time champion continues to show that he has a lot more left to prove.

It’s basketball business as usual for Lin, who is now back in China for the resumption of the Chinese Basketball Association, which had been on a five-month hiatus due to the pandemic.

The 31-year-old notched 13 points, seven boards, and six assists as the Beijing Ducks sealed a victory over the Liaoning Fly Leopards on Saturday, 91-82. Lin then exploded for 22 points, nine rebounds and three steals to lead the Ducks to a 78-67 win over the Xinjiang Flying Tigers on Tuesday.

Lin and the Ducks, who currently sit at fourth place in the CBA standings with a 21-12 record, are set to face the Zhejiang Lions on Friday.

Jeremy Lin of the Beijing Ducks
BEIJING, CHINA - DECEMBER 25: Jeremy Lin #7 of Beijing Ducks in action during 2019/2020 CBA League - Beijing Ducks v Xinjiang Yilite at Beijing Wukesong Sport Arena on December 25, 2019 in Beijing, China. Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images