Jeremy Lin became a global phenomenon with the New York Knicks last season.
Now, "Linsanity" has faded, and his struggles with the Houston Rockets is partly why.
Lin will try to bounce back from one of his worst performances of the season in order to help the Rockets continue their dominance of the Knicks in his first meeting with his former team Friday night.
Lin was buried on New York's bench for the first 22 games last season before being called upon to run the point in an act of desperation. He responded by averaging 24.4 points during a seven-game winning streak, which included outscoring Kobe Bryant 38-34 in a win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Feb. 10.
That streak turned the Knicks into a playoff contender and transformed the unknown guard from Harvard into an icon with a catchy name that sold millions in merchandise.
Lin's storybook season, however, came to an end after 35 games due to a torn meniscus, and he watched New York get dumped out of the playoffs in five games...