PHOTO: Lakers' Jeremy Lin will return to original Linsanity No. 17

PHOTO: Lakers' Jeremy Lin will return to original Linsanity No. 17

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

The Los Angeles Lakers helped the Houston Rockets carve up a little cap space in free agency by accepting Jeremy Lin (along with a first round pick) in a trade this offseason. Just in case Steve Nash has another season filled with frustrating injuries, Lin will be there in a crowded backcourt, helping the Lakers put up some points under a new coach and with the return of Kobe Bryant to the floor. Lin was introduced to the media and Lakers fans on Thursday with the team revealing he'll wear No. 17 for Lakers this season.

Lin wore No. 17 in his unexpected breakout season with the New York Knicks back in 2011-12. The Linsanity era was one of excitement and scrutiny as Lin went from a relative unknown to a star in the lockout-shortened season in the blink of an eye. In 35 games that season, Lin started 25 of them 14.2 points and 6.2 assists in 26.9 minutes. As a starter that season, he averaged 18.2 points and 7.7 assists while shooting 44.5 percent from the field.

The last Lakers' player to wear No. 17 was Andrew Bynum in 2011-12. Is Lin's number that big of a story? No, but it's the end of July, we don't have much going on, and it gives us a chance to re-live his cool run with the Knicks.

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