Mike D'Antoni was there for the start of Linsanity, Kobe Bryant on the wrong end of its greatest highlight.
Neither imagined next season opening without Jeremy Lin on the New York Knicks.
''No. Not when the kicker was they can match. I'm thinking, for sure,'' said former Knicks coach D'Antoni on Wednesday before the U.S. Olympic team practiced. ''Even when I was there, well at least we got him, we don't have to worry about him blowing up and us not being able to afford it.''
But the Knicks ultimately decided they couldn't or wouldn't.
Lin became a Houston Rocket on Tuesday night when the Knicks refused to match a three-year deal worth about $25 million, ending a brief but amazing run as New York's point guard.
The Knicks had repeatedly said they planned to keep the restricted free agent, and Olympians Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler both believed they would.
''I know the Knicks organization wanted him back, I know his teammates wanted him back, I felt like Jeremy wanted to ...