Jeremy Lin on ‘Linsanity’: “I was playing out of my mind and it was so far above and beyond anything I could have dreamed of”

New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin reacts in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Mavericks during their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, February 19, 2012. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

Jeremy Lin opened up about the first time he joined an NBA team, which created ‘Linsanity’.

Lin felt he was the most popular person in the world, yet he also referred to how his downfall in the coming years affected his mind.

“That stretch was called Linsanity and at that time I was literally the most popular person, the most popular person, on the planet. I had everything going for me. I had so much success. I was playing out of my mind and it was so far above and beyond anything I could have dreamed of.

But the next few years after that I started to really experience a lot of let downs, a lot of failure and it got to the point where I was so ashamed to even walk outside, I didn’t even want to leave my house, I didn’t want to go on my social media, I didn’t want to go on ESPN.

I was just so ashamed because everything I worked so hard to achieve I started to lose. I lost my starting position, I lost a lot of endorsements and I lost a lot of the popularity,” Lin said, via Jonathan White of the South China Morning Post.