Jeremy Lin figured he’d be having this kind of news conference in New York.
Instead, he was talking about his new deal with the Houston Rockets on Thursday on the same practice court where he worked in virtual anonymity seven months ago before he was waived. Lin became a Rocket again when the Knicks decided not to match Houston’s three-year, $25 million offer.
“It’s been an unbelievable ride,” Lin said. “Just a lot of things I didn’t expect to happen, in terms of just the way last season went. I still have to kind of remind myself that this is all actually happening, sometimes.
‘‘But it’s a huge blessing. I can’t believe how it all shaped up and for me to be here right now. I’m definitely excited and thankful.”
Lin said he expected to be re-signed by the Knicks after he electrified the Big Apple last season before he was sidelined by a knee injury. Shortly after the Knicks officially declined to match, Lin was quoted on SI.com as saying, “Honestly, I preferred New York.”
Lin said the question he answered was set in the context of before the start of the free-agency period.
“The question was, ‘Going into free agency, which team did you prefer?’ ’’ Lin said. “Before July 1, I didn’t even know what teams were interested in me. But all I was hearing was, ‘You’re going back to New York.’ At that time, before free agency started, I preferred New York. By the time it came to the offer sheet, I was just excited about both opportunities.
“Houston and New York,” he said, “I was definitely excited about the possibility to go to both.”
But probably not as excited as Houston was to get him.
Houston missed the playoffs the last three seasons, and when Linsanity skyrocketed in New York, General Manager Daryl Morey was kicking himself for waiving him on Christmas Eve. When Lin hit a winning 3-pointer in Toronto on Valentine’s Day, owner Leslie Alexander called Morey to tersely ask him again why Lin was no longer a Rocket.
“He was killing me,” Morey said with a smile. “I think one of the reasons Mr. Alexander is a great owner is because we’re constantly evaluating our past decisions and deciding what did we know at the time? What could we have done better? How can we improve?
“People are making a lot of us admitting to our mistake,” Morey said. “But the only way to get better is to quickly say, ‘That was a mistake. How can we do better next time?’ ”
At the time Lin was released, the Rockets had Goran Dragic and Kyle Lowry on the roster — two point guards with NBA experience. And who knew what Linsanity would become?
“We had very fair reasons to waive him,” Morey said. “But the reality is, we shouldn’t have.”
Mavericks sign Mayo
The Dallas Mavericks announced the signing of O.J. Mayo three days after the free-agent shooting guard posted a message on his Twitter account that he was joining the team. Terms of the deal with the 6-foot-4, 210-pound West Virginian were not disclosed.
Mayo averaged 15.2 points in 301 games over the past four seasons with Memphis.
Nets re-sign Bogans
The Brooklyn Nets re-signed veteran guard Keith Bogans. Contract terms were not disclosed. Bogans was signed midway through the season and appeared in five games before breaking his left ankle in a game Feb. 8.
Bulls add forward
Free-agent forward Vladimir Radmanovic, 31, agreed to a contract with the Chicago Bulls. An 11-year veteran, he appeared in 49 games for Atlanta last season and averaged 4.5 points while seeing his playing time decrease.