As expected, Jeremy Lin hasn’t quite been the same guy as those 25 famous starts last year in New York City. Lin says that his knee isn’t yet 100%, the Houston Rockets and their media say otherwise…..
Rockets coaches have expressed displeasure with Jeremy Lin’s rehabilitation efforts from left knee surgery.
Lin allowed Russell Westbrook to score 19 points in 16 first-half minutes last Wednesday. But, then again, no one in the league can guard Russ 1-on-1.
“More than a problem with his knee, what I saw again from Lin is that he is limited as an athlete,’’ was how one person with years of NBA experience put it after seeing Lin’s preseason debut. “Offensively, he should be fine. But when he has to guard opposing point guards, especially guys with speed like Russell Westbrook, he is going to really struggle.’’
“My speed and my explosiveness and my agility (are not) there yet,” Lin said the other day.
There’s no excuses for Lin. If a guy like Kyle Lowry could garner All-Star consideration playing for Kevin McHale down in Houston, so can Jeremy.
The other PGs on the roster are Toney Douglas, Again Livingston, and rookie Scott Machado.
As for the Rockets, their acquisition of Lin was as much business as it was basketball. Asian is a huge market for the NBA and its teams.
Those Asian-style Rockets uniforms ain’t going anywhere.