It is coming up to the ninth anniversary of “Linsanity” , the 11-game period where Jeremy Lin shot to global superstardom with the New York Knicks, averaging 23.9 points, 9.2 assists and 2.4 steals. Now, Lin’s NBA breakout with the Knicks is getting a new lease of life as a point of contention in this summer’s New York City mayoral elections. Candidate Andrew Yang has divided social media with his take on the “Linsanity” era and the end of Lin’s time at the Knicks. Yang, who was a candidate in the last US presidential elections , told Twitter of how Lin leaving the team was the “last straw” in his Knicks fandom. When the Knicks dumped Jeremy Lin that was the last straw for me. This is the franchise that gave Jerome James $30 million. You let the most beloved Knicks figure in years who lit the Garden and City up walk over money? Come on. — Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) January 26, 2021 “When the Knicks dumped Jeremy Lin that was the last straw for me,” Yang wrote on Twitter. “This is the franchise that gave Jerome James $30 million. You let the most beloved Knicks figure in years who lit the Garden and City up walk over money? Come on.” The tweet has proved divisive with more than 10,000 likes, 1,600 quote tweets and 1,300 replies. Reactions ranged from agreement that the Knicks should have kept Lin, to claims that he never lived up to his early “Linsanity” promise, while others warned Yang that he was risking his election hopes by antagonising the notoriously volatile fan base. Lin: ‘from most popular person on the planet to ashamed to go out’ Knicks reporter Ian Begley summed up the reaction of several Knicks fans, namely that the team went on to their best season this century immediately after Lin left. “Andrew Yang, an NYC mayoral candidate, says he gave up on the Knicks after they declined to match HOU’s offer to Jeremy Lin. I’m sure he wasn’t the only fan to do so. But it’s worth noting: the next year, NYK won 54 games and a playoff series – its best season over past 20 years,” Begley wrote. Brian Yang, producer of the Linsanity documentary released a year after Lin’s breakout with the Knicks who also lists himself as Yang’s “Presidential Candidate Regional Fundraising Director”, offered his support. They will go down as saying Jeremy chose to sign somewhere else, but we all know how it went down. Take a look at how they also treated another beloved Knicks icon - Charles Oakley. https://t.co/tHTelfM2y0 pic.twitter.com/CZPv9II6Cp — Brian Yang (@briflys) January 26, 2021 “I like sports talk Andrew Yang. The comments are hilarious. If fans only knew the entire story. They actually do ‘cause it’s all out there, but they choose to only look at a sliver of it. How life works, I guess,” he replied. In a quote tweet, the producer posted a picture of Donald Trump with Knicks owner James Dolan. “They will go down as saying Jeremy chose to sign somewhere else, but we all know how it went down. Take a look at how they also treated another beloved Knicks icon – Charles Oakley.” ‘I’m not chasing the shadow of Linsanity,’ says Lin on NBA hopes Knicks fans were critical of the ownership when Lin walked away to sign for the Houston Rockets. Speaking to the Madison Square Garden Network last May, Lin said he wanted Houston to lower the offer so the Knicks could match it. “I remember when Houston gave the offer,” Lin said. “I promise you, I had just finished a workout and got into my car and got the phone call from my agent and I said to him, ‘Can you tell Houston to lower the offer, this is too much. Can you tell someone to lower the offer’, because I wanted to go back to New York and I wanted New York to match.” In the end the Rockets three-year offer contained a “poison pill” that would have seen his final year ruin the Knicks if they matched it. Lin moved to Houston and then around the NBA, with five more teams in five years before he won a ring with the Toronto Raptors in 2019. The 32-year-old, who played last season with the Beijing Ducks in the Chinese Basketball Association, is chasing a return to the NBA. It was a ‘legit blur’ – Jeremy Lin looks back on Linsanity He signed for the G League’s Santa Cruz Warriors ahead of their new season, which begins next month. In February 2020, long before he announced his intention to run for mayor, Yang made a campaign promise to Knicks fans. “If I were mayor I would try to get James Dolan to sell the Knicks.” If I were mayor I would try to get James Dolan to sell the Knicks. — Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) February 25, 2020 Dolan has owned the Knicks since 1999 when he took over as chairman of Madison Square Garden, that was the team’s last appearance in an NBA Finals.