Linsanity certainly made its way to the Bay Area last season, but only in spirit.
Now, Linsanity is arriving in the flesh.
Jeremy Lin turned the NBA upside down last season when he emerged from the end of the New York Knicks' bench to dominate the league for a two-week stretch and became an international phenomenon.
For the first time since that whirlwind rise, Lin will play in his home area against the franchise that gave him his first out-of-nowhere shot when he takes the floor as the Houston Rockets' point guard on Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.
"I definitely remember those (Warriors) days, because without them, I wouldn't be the player I am now or be where I am right now," Lin said.
Lin, who grew up in Palo Alto and played sparingly as a rookie for the Warriors before being cut just before the 2011-12 season, said being back in the Bay Area hasn't hit him just yet.
While trimming the athletic tape off his ankles after Monday's practice at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, Lin said he expects the emotions to come flooding back once he gets into Oracle Arena.
His mother has taken the brunt of responsibilities in what Lin called "easily my busiest game of year in terms of outside stuff." She set up a luxury box for about 20 close friends and family, some courtside seats have been reserved, and his former coaches have been given spots right behind the Rockets' bench.
Lin simply has to play basketball. That's something he hasn't always been allowed to focus on since he started his professional journey.
When the Warriors signed the undrafted rookie out of Harvard, Lin had the added pressure of being presented in his home region as worthy of attention as an Asian player, a devout Christian player and an underdog story.

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