There will be no Garden video tribute for Linsanity tonight. But it’s OK for the fans to give the struggling Jeremy Lin his own tribute — a nice ovation in his Garden return as a Houston Rocket.
Raymond Felton, Lin’s replacement, and Steve Novak, one of Lin’s best friends, have given their blessing.
It may even be OK to dust off the old No. 17 T-shirt/jerseys — for nostalgic purposes only. It’s OK to fondly remember the 48-day Linderella story weaved from Feb. 4 to March 24 — until Lin hurt his left knee against Detroit, forcing him to undergo left knee surgery.
That was the last time Lin played a game at the Garden. That is, until tonight as the 24-year-old starting point guard for the Rockets, who said after yesterday’s loss in Toronto he has been “terrible,’’ returns.