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Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  95 responses

Jeremy Lin Excited to Join the Houston Rockets


by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

Despite the Houston Rockets’ bloated (and, perhaps, “ridiculous”) contract offer to Jeremy Lin, there never really was any logical reason for the braintrust of the New York nicks to let go of the young, electric point guard.

But then again, they are the Knicks …

As for Jeremy Lin, he was thankful for the support from the NY faithful, and says he’s excited to re-join the Houston Rockets.

Per the AFP News Agency:

“Extremely excited and honored to be a Houston Rocket again!!” Lin said on Twitter shortly after the New York Knicks confirmed late Tuesday they wouldn’t match Houston’s three-year, $25 million offer for the 23-year-old player. The Knicks announced their decision less than two hours before a midnight deadline. The Rockets were one of two teams to cut then-unknown Lin last season. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said that wouldn’t happen again as he welcomed Lin to Houston via Twitter. “Welcome to Houston @JLin7!” Morey tweeted, adding: “We plan to hang on this time. You will love #RedNation”.

Rockets owner Leslie Alexander made it clear he thinks Lin is worth it. “We are thrilled to have Jeremy back as part of the Rockets family,” Alexander said. “In his limited opportunity last season, Jeremy showed that he has all the skills to be a great player in this league for many years to come. In addition to being a great passer, he is also exceptional at driving to the rim and finishing plays. He also showed a poise well beyond his years by making winning plays at the end of numerous games last season. Jeremy is a winner on and off the court and we view him as an important part of our plan to build a championship contender.”

It remains to be seen if Jeremy Lin will thrive and build on what he created in New York. The Rockets completely gutted their roster this summer, and they paid a lot of money for a relatively unproven player.

What is clear, is that Knicks fans are now a sad, angry and devastated group. Quite understandably.

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  • CDaTyrant

    Houston WILL regret giving him that much.

  • Jono

    Well what do you expect him to say?

  • http://www.nba.com Dacre

    Improbable all star base on global popularity. The numbers will look solid but the wins will be few and far between.

  • logues

    the rockets did alot of stupid things this offseason. they are going to suck. got rid of scola and lowry, didn’t get howard, traded buddinger. now paying a crap ton for a backup pg

  • http://www.nba.com Dacre

    By expressing that this guy is earning too much your showing that your not aware of his marketing value this guy will sell seats as though his name was Lebron Bryant. . . Not to mention the TV deals going over seas. There will be hype and there will be money made. . .

  • L Dribble

    He’s not even the best Jeremy on the team.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    What’s the over / under on Houston’s GM being fired by the end of the year?

  • Boogers

    poostained rockets!

  • L Dribble

    @Dacre – TV rights and jersey sales are shared equally between all 30 teams.

  • Raggy

    Sad, angry and devastated group sounds farfetched. Although I would like the combination of Lin/Felton, Lin isn’t a huge loss at all. Knicks will be fine.

    Only time will tell if this was a good decision or not.

  • http://www.nba.com Dacre

    Who is he backing up?

  • http://www.nba.com Dacre

    Houston will have their marketing claim. You watch this kid will be on the cover of EVERY THING. In including 2K13. . .

  • IndyB

    I hope he does well. He’ll be decent.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    like max said, and staring at point guard for the west…. jeremy liiiiiiiin

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    The wins will not be there for Hou but the revenue will.

  • logues

    Dacre: being that the rockets suck, which i already said, and they traded lowry, he will prolly start. but i dont think hes a good starting pg. and ya i’m aware of his marketing value, but thats not gonna win u any games

  • RunNGun

    Houston… we don’t have a problem… LMAO

  • EJ

    How many reports are you guys gonna do about this?

  • T-Money

    everyone keeps saying that the knicks made a costly mistake but as far as i know, only houston threw that kind of money at lin. it’s not like the market was going crazy for him.

  • Marcos

    Lin is a good back-up for 20-25 minutes, or until he turns the ball over for the 6th time in a quarter. Like Isaiah Thomas once said “if he was black, he would be just another good player”. So, we can’t make chinese jokes but we can pay him 3 times his actual value because he appeals to the chinese market? How is that not racist? Or if racism makes people money, then it’s ok?
    NY made a GREAT basketball decision; Houston made a great marketing investment. It shows which club is actually invested in winning basketball games and which is trying to make up for the marketing loss of Yao. Houston once had the greatest chinese player (with all the money it brings back), and how many championships have they won since?

    Yeah, keep selling your jerseys. That plays a long way into June.

  • Boom bostic

    Houston (& golden state) had a look at him first. They obviously know something. Ain’t no gm’s come here to post sh!t. Lin, martin, parsons, patterson,& whoever at center will be nice.

  • Nate C

    first off, @Dacre, 2k13 already has a cover. And secondly, this is a good move, Houston needed star power to have any hope of developing a fan base and getting Dwight to want to come and stay there.

  • DreDay

    Chandler Parsons!!! Just give him the ball Lin!!

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Lin will probably be an All-Star starter next season. Him and Kobe will be the two guards voted in the West. The fans will get Lin in the ASG.
    Sidenote – Why did Houston get Lin, when they have Dragic?

  • L Dribble

    @GP23 – Dragic has signed a 4 year deal with the Suns. Unless you are referring to his brother who is averaging 7 ppg in Summer League.

  • http://www.nba.com/knicks danfields

    so now its official. wish him all the best as a knicks fan.

  • logues

    GP23: dragic signed with the suns buddy

  • pposse

    Marcos, being racist means you are ‘empowering’ your own race by bashing on anothers. I think the word your looking for is ‘exploitation’ which seems to be the MO with this contract.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Knicks fans are crazy.
    That is all.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Man, of course he went to the Suns.. how the f*ck did I forget that??
    Can’t wait for this season to start now..

  • http://www.stillonthebench.blogspot.com TR

    I’m a Knicks fan and I am not sad he’s leaving. I think hes good and will do alright in Houston, but he’s not the second coming of CP3 or Dwill so I’m ok.

  • IGGI

    @Dacre–So you saying that it’s a smart thing that Houston is building a team to sell Jersey and TV adds, what about championship? With what the’ve done this offseason that will never happened.

  • IGGI

    @Marcos–Said best “”"NY made a GREAT basketball decision; Houston made a great marketing investment”"”.

  • IGGI

    I’ll say Houston we hava a problem…..

  • Mas

    Lin is a much better basketball player than Felton. Despite both having the capacity to be a starting PG in this L, I still see Lin with more potential to get you a W and to go off at any moment even if the opponent is trying to stop him. Why did the NYK pick Felton? Because he will not steal Carmelo’s thunder, he will not compete with Melo in jerseys sold and more importantly because Melo said NO! D’Antoni was the first victim, now Lin and finally (I hope) Dolan himself!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Lin was a better basketball player than Felton last year. Lin wasn’t a better basketball player than Felton when they were both on the “juice.”
    Who knows what will happen now that both players are off the juice.

  • CubicleWorker

    @IGGI @Marcos are you sure NY really made a “GREAT” basketball decision? Knicks were ballin’ when Lin was playing regular minutes he averaged 18.5, 7.6 … that sounds like pretty good basketball productivity to me

  • IGGI

    @Mas–You crazy to think that Lin is a better PG tham Felton….

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    Seriously, this is a marketing move. However the Rockets at this point are clearly ready to spend. Links is not a great player but it is a good time to be a Rocket fan.

  • http://www.slamonline.com nbk

    Cosign Allenp

  • http://www.slamonline.com 19821982

    When Felton played in 2010 his numbers were 17 and 9, and Lin’s last year were 14 and 6.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    If you were overpaid by 20 million, you would be happy too. New York could have gotten Lin for 3 years for 10 million dollars, if it was not for Houston. Houston management traded Lowry and Gragic left, Houston you HAD BETTER POINT GUARDS than Lin before. Also Houston cut him, so why did they every cut him. Houston management needs to be asked why was he cut the first time.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    The Juice™ by Seven Seconds or Less…
    Are you a point guard?
    Do you need inflated stats to get a nice contract and people to rethink how good you actually are???
    We have something for you!
    *The Juice*™

  • http://www.slamonline.com 19821982

    @Seed they just might give the media a gracious explanation about oversight and not appreciating his talents. Everything Houston has said after they got him shows they’re in full-blown ass-kissing mode.

  • http://kb24.com x-DrEw_MaiN-x

    Too you idiots saying Lin is better than Felton are beside me YALL soon forget before Melo Felton was in NYC doing his thang getting Amare involved, I could remember them as high as 4th in the east beating good teams. No disrespect to what Lin did because it was impressive but! His big games were weren’t against worthy PG Calderon, Dfish, an o lder Jkidd etc..he did shock deron Williams but the next time dwill came things opposite,against elite players and teams, he is Not The PG you want he was exposed against MIA couldn’t get past Chalmers and Cole.. I wish him well against in the west with Tony Parker CP3 Westbrook, Ty Lawson etc hese guys are going to go at him and I don’t see him doing much to stop it

  • http://www.slamonline.com nbk

    They were like 2 games over .500 with Felton. — And they were running the same offense Lin was running during his crazy string of games. A string of games Felton never remotely matched. Jeremy Lin is just as much not the PG your team wants as Felton is. Or moreso. Lin was a really good player for a 15? game stretch. Felton was pretty good for half a season. Neither plays defense. And neither has been anything remotely special without D’Antoni’s offense. Those are just facts.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Felton plays defense mang. Common. I don’t care what the stats say the dude plays hard on D.
    Lin doesn’t play good defense, but he is one of the best at playing the passing lanes in his stretch.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The Juice is powerful man. If you have point guard skills, the Juice will make you into a maniac. The only players it has failed to help are Leandro Barbosa and Marcus Banks.
    Other than that, it’s track record is amazing.
    Steve Nash
    Chris Duhon
    Raymond Felton
    Chauncey Billups
    Toney Douglass
    Goren Dragic
    Jeremy Lin
    All of these player benefited from the juice.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    It’s crazy how many Knick fans have forgotten that Felton averaged 17 and 9 for 54 games on the juice.
    They just gloss over that fact.
    Man, Mike Woodson is your coach now. When was the last time a Mike Woodson point guard dominated? You’re better off with a game manager.

  • http://www.slamonline.com nbk

    Felton plays minimalist defense (only once in his whole career has he even posted a defensive rating above 107 – and only three times has it been below 109 – he’s awful – no matter how you feel about the legitimacy of advanced defensive stats, that is alarmingly bad – plus, if you actually watch him – you would know – Felton has shown flashes of being a decent defender, but never has he been consistently good). Lin is a horrible defender. HORRRIBLE. He can play the passing lanes because he gambles, which doesn’t really help other than a couple forced turnovers, i would rather him force his opponent to actually miss shots.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I would leave Dragic off that list with Barbosa and Banks. (Banks never should have been labeled a PG. Just call him a scoring guard… that struggles to score)
    Felton has always been an impressive PG to me when he is “on” his game. He is much better than Lin from what I have seen over a greater period of time. Jeremy can prove all us wrong if he wants to though.

  • http://www.slamonline.com nbk

    Felton is rarely on his game. – Career, 13.9PPG 6.7APG on 41% Shooting. – he’s a superior passer to Lin. That’s it though. With all of that, we are assuming he’s in great shape, which is hard for me to believe — historically, Felton likes playing heavy, so he comes into training camp out of shape, and uses that time to get into shape. — Conversely, that argument can be used for why he was so underwhelming last season.

  • don the GSW fan

    okay, i’m lost, who is the JUice?

  • http://www.slamonline.com 19821982

    Juice is a 1992 American crime drama film that stars rapper Tupac Shakur and Omar Epps.

  • patrick

    What..no logical reason? the big salary was the reason! and they just resigned felton..no need of a 3rd pg i don’t think..i guess if got lin they could hvae dumped Kidd, but i don’t think that would have been nice to a veteran such as him..
    so there’s 2 reasons right there..logic

  • http://www.dimemag.com showtime

    ^ juice is the pringles man offensive scheme.

  • http://www.slamonline.com nbk

    1982×2 is quickly becoming one of my favorite commenters.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The Juice is the SSOl (Seven Seconds or Less) offense.
    The greatest invention for point guards since the crossover dribble.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Have you seen a recent pic of Raymond Felton? Dude is SOO out of shape. LOL.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Obviously i’m going off watching several games and not numerical facts. It’s just shocking to me that he is so bad on defense when I watch him play correct defense and he plays hard. I’m going stick with my eyes. He might suck defensively by all numbers and percentages, but the dude has all the right fundamentals defensively. It’s fine (and true) that he gives up points, but how can you blame him if he is playing good defense. I think it’s how short he is. Barely 6’0″. (We all know he’s 5’10)
    Anyway, always liked Felton. When he’s on his game he’s good. Career averages don’t show you when your on your game.
    IF he comes into training camp in decent shape he should be a 30 minute a night guy that will give the Knicks over 12 points and around 7 assists splitting PG duties with J-Kidd.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Watching several games where? In Charlotte, 3 years ago? That was the last place he was even a decent defender. And he wasn’t decent very often. In New York, Denver, & Portland he was one of the worst defensive PG’s in the NBA.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I don’t know about 12 and 7. It’s possible though.
    The biggest concern is his shooting. He is going to get spot up jumpers playing with Melo and Stat. He needs to be able to hit those shots to be effective.

  • Sérgio

    Allenp, even Leandro Barbosa benefited from The Juice. Remember, dude averaged 18 pts a game and won 5th man of the year award.

  • Anon e Mouse

    Totally disingenious Marcel, totally… Ain’t no Knicks fans too worried about letting Lin go. We lived for years with Hamburger Curry on our pay sheets, eating into our luxury tax (and hamburgers obviously). We finally make a sensible decision for the team and you want us to start offering the keys to the city? Your trolling got me I guess…

  • Anon e Mouse

    I wish him luck if the Rockets work him into their plans the right way he could do weel (and sell a few jerseys while he’s at it). It was fun but we’ll be alright.

  • Mas

    ^^^^5th man of the year award? Huh? Juice? What the huh?

  • logues

    speaking of 7 secs or less, has anyone read that book? is it worth reading? im thinkin of buying it on amazon

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    The Rockets play a lot closer to 7 seconds or less than they do Mike Woodson’s isolation-as-the-only-play offense. McHale will run a tonne of pick-and-roll between Lin and Terrence Jones.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Lamb and Jones were GREAT picks by Houston. Royce White looks good too.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I’m with Teddy on that. Lin is going to have considerably more success in Houston than he would have in NYK because of the offense he will be playing. He’s one of the better high pick and roll players in the league, and McHale loves running high screen and rolls.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    @Teddy, I’m a little jealous that you got Jeremy Lamb (actually, a bit of Jeremy Lin as well.haha but I like Lowry). I thought the Raptors were bound to draft him. But ah wells, Terrence Ross has looked promising as well.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ niQ: Yeah I think Terrence Ross will surprise a lot of people. He’s way more athletic that I thought and he’s known as a shooter, a good combination. And Kyle Lowry is probably my favorite player in the league! I’m watching every Raps game because of him. They just need to get rid of Andrea Bargnani and things will magically fall into place.
    @ nbk: Yep I didn’t see him and Melo co-existing that well… And Amare gets way too passive when Melo is on the floor, and seeing as he doesn’t do much besides score, that’s not a good look.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    Cosign Teddy@5:32. Those 3 guys have been exciting to watch in summer league play. I’d be excited too if I’m Lin.

  • http://www.nba.com/knicks danfields

    true knicks fans aint concerned coz we know next season will either be cope- or whitesanity

  • http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/grant-hill-says-detroit-orlando-mismanaged-injuries-042711 nbk

    Instead of paying Lin the going rate for a starting point guard, the Knicks ended up signing Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd, two players who ranked at the bottom of starting point guards in the NBA, for nearly equivalent cost next season. – From ESPN/TrueHoop Beckley Mason’s “Lin’s Contract in Perspective”

  • http://www.nba.com/knicks danfields

    @nbk: the knicks r trying to get an offense working that gives melo and stat most of the shots n scoring load. so i think when lin signed that exagerated offer sheet the thought was that the most important thing the knicks need is decent passing / playmaking in regards of creating for others. i think is a better overall player than felton/kidd (at this point of his career) but in exactly this aspect – passing/ballhandling – kidd n felton if just in half the shape hes getting paid for are better than lin. the knicks will do allright if everybody stays healthy n will do great when and if shumpert returns in full strenght.

    thats some ifs, sure, but many teams out there have to deal with bigger ifs

  • Buyout

    no. Listen to the Knicks “fans” trying to justify this move. Hah. I’m glad you guys suck all the time.

  • http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/grant-hill-says-detroit-orlando-mismanaged-injuries-042711 nbk

    as of right now, the Knicks don’t even have a starting caliber guard. You realize that? JR Smith would come off the bench on a good team. Kidd signed to come off the bench, because he just isn’t a starter at this point. Felton hasn’t resembled a starter since he left D’Antoni. Shumpert has a torn ACL – who knows what he’ll be when he gets back. Either way, offensively, he’s no better than any of their other guards. And defensively is what his injury is likely to affect. The Knicks massively screwed the pooch in the last few years. They will be around a 6 seed until their big contracts are gone. Then all bets are off. You Stay Classy Knicks fans.

  • http://www.nba.com/knicks danfields

    the knicks put up a 18-6 run at the end of last reg season mostly with lin out and less guard material. we aint sain that this season will be finally better. ill just say that we continue to play that way. yup we lost 1-4 to the heat but thats nothing to be ashamed of, happened to a team like the thunder, too. looks like other fans r just sore about not getting half the media attention our team does.

  • That Dude

    @Marcos – kill that noise. Saying “if Lin was black he would just be another good player” is like saying “If Obama was white he would just be another president”. You can’t take people’s historical and cultural identities away from them. Lin is the ‘nerdy asian kid’ who became an NBA star, Obama was a low-middle class black kid who became POTUS – the colour of their skin is only a portion of their story. PS. You’re an ignroamus

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    The Knicks didn’t pass on Lin for basketball reasons Dan. That’s the point. I don’t give a damn about your team or ANY team and how much attention they do or don’t get.

  • Buyout

    Knick fans. I wonder where you get the balls to hate the man for getting paid. I-diots.

  • http://www.nba.com/knicks danfields

    @nbk: i know u dont but most others do.

    n i dont read too many knicks fans here who “hate” on lin. most just lament that they arent too happy about his forth n back rockets negotiation but still wish him all the best, so do i. and i think lin also thinks about if this was such a clever move. coz he didnt get himself in a good position except his payroll either. n money is by far not everything in life (at least not the difference between 9 and 15mio bucks) ^^ just check the sports illustrated site headlining tht one: Lin opens up about leaving Knicks: ‘Honestly, I preferred New York’

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Dan, grammar and spelling are your friends. But as of now, the Knicks wouldn’t offer him nearly the chance he has in Houston to show off. There are NO point guards behind Lin on the Rockets so he’s guaranteed to play huge minutes. McHale’s offense helps point guards way more than Woodson’s (how many rookie point guards did Atlanta kill?). Lin has every right to grab as much money as he can because he can be a cash cow. The Knicks are no better than a 5 seed this year (and that’s being generous). 1st round exit, almost guaranteed. Meanwhile, Houston has a BUNCH of young talent to actually build around Lin. So, what is better, a 3rd option on a team with ballooning contracts and no shot at Playoff success or the star on a young team with cap flexibility?

  • http://www.nba.com Dacre

    What’s the over/under on how often nbk uses the phrase “screwed the pooch”??

    For the record my money is on 4:1 that he uses it atleast once for every team in the league and three times for teams that float on a .500 record come allstar weekend.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I think I’ve said it about the Knicks quite a bit. And the Magic. Idk who else though? Cleveland maybe? I’ll take the Under

  • Marcos

    @CubicleWorker; yes, the Knicks made a GREAT basketball decision because Lin is just not good enough to earn his 3rd year salary + tax penalty. It’s not that Lin can’t play in the League, just that he can’t make 15m plus a 3.25-to-1 tax penalty. That means that a guy who was cut twice in his career and had a good run of 25 games (which led to overuse injjury) will cost nearly 45 million in the 3rd year. He’s not Chris Paul. He’s a poor man’s Steve Nash, when you compare a 17 year veteran against a 25 game wonder. Please, there’s nothing smart about that, and it says a lot about Houston’s (lack of) commitment to WINNING. They signed a Show Horse.
    @pposse: You’re correct, thanks. That’s what I meant, but it’s kinda the same, isn’t? Semantics…

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Nbk, I’ve heard you use it a good amount about my Magic. Hurts every time cause it’s true.

  • http://www.nba.com/knicks danfields

    @caboose: english is not my native language. ive not been talking about lins playing time. im more concerned about his capability of being a 1st or 2nd option on offense in an 82game schedule. and sure, he has the right to accept any offer, that doesnt change the fact that he blew it up with ny. he also knows that, n giving his future fans that hed “preferred to play in ny” is quite a big slap in the face which i didnt see from any player b4.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Sorry Boose. Gotta tell it how it is fam

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Haha no worries. Orlando deserves it…

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Redd

    All my stupid bias aside, nobody else thinks that it was messed up how Lin re-did the offer sheet twice for more money? I mean dang, Knicks made you, least give’em the chance to match an offer they said they would. Instead you go back and take more? Cold.

  • http://www.nba.com Dacre

    @ nbk: every time I read it I have a good laugh. Its as bad a phrase as there is but its amusing . .

  • http://www.nba.com/knicks danfields

    @Redd: thats exactly what i feel sore about as a knicks fan. many of us do. that doesnt mean that we hate lin now, but it leaves a bitter aftertaste

  • http://kb24.com/ Simon Lawry

    they’re knicks !!! it’s not the first time they make bad decision

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