Jeremy Lin will officially be heading to the Houston Rockets for the 2012-13 season and beyond. The New York Knicks declined to match Houston's back-loaded offer sheet and will not be retaining the services of the point guard who became an instant sensation and cult hero in the Big Apple last season. Understandably, most Knicks fans are not happy with the move.
Seth at Posting and Toasting puts it as magnanimously as a Knicks fan may be able to at this point:
Farewell, Jeremy. You were a fine Knick and you made me as happy as I've ever been as a Knicks fan. Best of luck in Houston.
It'll be interesting to see if the Knicks release any detailed official statement or explanation for their actions. They haven't yet and I won't be surprised if they don't, because it sounds like they've handled this entire ordeal with as little class and professional courtesy as possible. At least Jeremy himself has now been notified directly. If the organization had any dignity left, this would be pretty humiliating. We've already covered every reason why this decision is baffling, but the way the Knicks went about it (right down to the fact that they apparently changed their minds just a few days ago, too late to try to get anything in return for Lin) just makes it suck more. Oh well.
There are thousands of comments from Knicks fans at Posting and Toasting since Tuesday and they run the gamut of emotion, from gratitude to Lin, to sadness at his departure, to anger at the Knicks' front office, to ... well, that covers most of it, actually. A comment from gymtanlandy suggests that the Knicks are "the most poorly managed team in all of sports." Most New York fans seem to be hard-pressed to disagree at the moment.