The legend of Linsanity grows.
At the height of the 11-game span in February 2012 during which Jeremy Lin became a basketball sensation with the New York Knicks, the point guard slipped assistant coach Kenny Atkinson a piece of paper before a game.
On that paper were sketches of plays Lin, a fourth-string point guard, wanted to run.
"I was blown away," Atkinson recalled to Howard Beck of Bleacher Report.
Although that was only two months into their professional relationship, there was nobody in the organization Lin trusted more. After all, it was Atkinson who invested the most time and energy into helping the Harvard graduate develop his game in hopes Lin could stay in the NBA following two previous unsuccessful stints.
"I was literally the 15th guy," Lin said. "Everyone knew I was going to get cut. I knew I was going to get cut. And (Atkinson) was still pouring everything into me like I was his star player. And so to me, that's when I saw, hey, this guy's a man of character. And I'll never have to question that about him. Because I saw how he treated me before everything happened."
The two have since stayed in touch as they bounced around the league. This past offseason, they reunited on the Brooklyn Nets after the team hired Atkinson as head coach and signed Lin to a three-year deal worth $36 million.
The duo hopes to lead the Nets back to relevance after Brooklyn finished with a 21-61 record last year.
"I can't wait to see how this turns out," Atkinson said. "Because I'm a believer."