The reminders of Linsanity remain. Each night, as Jeremy Lin leaves the locker room for his pregame warm up routine, crowds of his adoring fans await him, especially on the road where his appearances are still special occasions to be witnessed and celebrated.

They still scream as he emerges from each arena's tunnel to the court and react with each shot, from the short jumpers he uses to loosen up to the assortment of pullups and the 3-pointers he launches as if he is back in Madison Square Garden taking on the Lakers on that magical Friday night.

"I always joke with him," said assistant coach Chris Finch, who works with Lin before games and after practices. "I tell him, 'It's amazing these people always cheer when I come out on the floor.'?"

Lin notices but has work to do and can do little more than acknowledge the throngs he knows are there to see him from coast to coast. More than the photo shoots and magazine covers, the throngs that still revere him remind of those wild weeks when he became an international sensation and of the scrutiny and expectations that remain.

"I think I've come to accept and get used to that," Lin said. "It's one of those things, it comes with the territory. Good game, bad game. There's going to be a lot of people watching and talking."

He knows that the spotlight will be focused on him again tonight, with his first meeting with the Knicks in one of those games that others circle as soon as the schedules are released. (He said he never looks at the schedule and was unsure of the date of his return to New York on Dec. 17.)