Jeremy Lin walked into Madison Square Garden on Monday night feeling out of place, unsure of himself. In the redesigned hallways of the arena that he turned into his own playground for that magical two-week stretch last season, Lin didn't know his way around anymore. Couldn't find the locker room, much less the walkway to the court where Linsanity was born.
"A little weird," Lin said. "It kind of reminded me of my rookie year, to be honest, when I came here."
By the end of the night, Lin was walking with a purpose -- like a man who knew exactly where he was going. He was marching back to the Garden court, where for one night, he had recaptured some of that mastery -- the command of the game and the moment -- that launched his NBA career.
"Seems like yesterday," Lin said in a reflective moment on his way back out to the floor where he had just led the Rockets to a 109-96 victory against the Knicks.