The newest Houston Rocket point guard—and latest spurned New York Knick—is giving his side of the soap opera. Jeremy Lin tells Sports Illustrated, "Honestly, I preferred New York. But my main goal in free agency was to go to a team that had plans for me and wanted me. I wanted to have fun playing basketball. ... Now I'm definitely relieved." But... "I love the New York fans to death. That's the biggest reason why I wanted to return to New York. The way they embraced me, the way they supported us this past season, was better than anything I've ever seen or experienced. I'll go to my grave saying that. What New York did for me was unbelievable. I wanted to play in front of those fans for the rest of my career."

According to Lin, just a few weeks ago, he flew to Los Angeles to meet up with Knicks coach Mike Woodson, who said, "You're going to be a starter, you're going to be a big part of the team." But the Knicks told his agents they were also going after other point guards—Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Andre Miller and Raymond Felton: "The Knicks would not make a formal offer to Lin -- not then, or, ultimately, ever -- instead opting to steer him toward the open market so he could assess his own price."

Houston's overtures impressed Lin, as did their initial four-year $28 million offer ("Lin's camp says they did not communicate anything to the Knicks before an offer sheet was actually signed") and Woodson made it publicly clear that the Knicks were re-signing Lin. Then the Rockets came up with the $25 million, three-year offer: "By this point, Lin had no real idea what the Knicks would do. But there also wasn't much choice: there was all of one offer sheet in front of him to consider." Then Lin read online that the Knicks were signing Felton!

Referring to the playoffs and criticism that he should have played in spite of a knee injury (hello, Stephen A. Smith), Lin said, "Every single vet on our team that has been in the league longer than five years pulled me aside and told me that I shouldn't play. And I had arguments with them about why I should." Lin says that James Dolan was supportive of his decision not to play. Dolan had been "really nice to me" and said, "I have plans for you in the future. This is a long-term investment. Don't rush back."

The 23-year-old seemed touchy that the free agency period and talk of multi-million dollar deals has made him seem greedy (hello, racist, homophobic idiots on Facebook). He noted that he's only signed with three sponsors, "A year ago, I was just trying to stay alive and fight day by day, just to be on a roster. What I have now is way more than I ever would have dreamed of, and way more than I need." Cue the Gotye parody: