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Friday, August 24th, 2012 at 10:32 am  |  62 responses

Jeremy Lin Says Houston Rockets Will Be ‘Young and Inexperienced’


Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin has Linsanity following him everywhere. Lin, who is currently celebrating his 24th birthday in China, spoke to a horde of reporters Friday morning, and gave his thoughts on the Rockets’ chances going into next season. While he is excited about his new opportunity, Lin acknowledges the organization is near the bottom of the totem pole. Via RNW.nl: “Lin is in the former British colony to launch a basketball charity for poor children and share his Christian faith at a church service that is expected to attract thousands of believers on Sunday. Lin shot to stardom last season with the New York Knicks, dazzling fans with his clutch shooting and passing skills. Last month, he signed a three-year, $25 million contract with the Houston Rockets. ‘We are going to be young, we are going to be inexperienced,’ he said of his new team. ‘We have a chance to build a new team, to build a new culture and to start from the ground.’”

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  • cbb_fanatic

    They may be young and inexperienced but they can still make as a formidable opponent. I can’t wait to see how the quickness of Jeremy Lin and the smoothness of Jeremy Lamb turn out. Not to mention some of the best rookies in the draft Terrence Jones and Royce White. These guys, judging from summer league, look like they’re ready to go. Because the draft was so stacked, the NBA is going to be so much more fun to watch this season.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Houston had a great Draft. But we’re absolutely loaded at the combo forward ‘awkward’ spot, even without Scola.
    And yeah, we’re going to suck. But not suck enough to luck into a top 4 pick. Probably 30-35 wins (35 being super optimistic), and at least 1 Rookie Game appearance/All Rookie team player.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNaDAB8-6Sc shawnkemp4prez

    Lin is in China to “launch a basketball charity for poor children and share his Christian faith…” I love it when people use their superstardom for good. I am indeed a big Jeremy Lin fan.

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

    The Shock Exchange thinks Jeremy has politics in his future … trying to divert Rockets fans away from the fact that Houston will never (and forever’s a very long time) see a return from the contract they gave him.

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

    the rockets are a mediocore team at best for years to come. he rlly shouldve stood at the knicks.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Jeremy Lin about to get a wake up call.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Nah the Rockets will be solid in 2/3 years if the young guys develop right.
    A bunch of teams will be fading out around that time, so the Rockets have a solid shot at the playoffs, in say, 2 years time, when the current rookies are in their 3rd year.

  • Houstonfun

    Jeremy Lin is right. Houston needs time to develop. They need to build strong chemistry together to bet others. Even if thet are young, doesn’t mean thet are bad. Thatvreally depends on coach, the system, the spirits of teammates and the winning desire. If they can make 9 th and 10th, I’ll be happy for them. Just like OKC, stay and support together.

  • Houstonfun

    BTW I still don’t want Lin to stay in NY. Too much pressure, too much nagtive comments, haters and doubters will make you sick. That Stephen A is a real badmouth talker. He needs to be fired ASAP for his jealousy and unprofessional behavior on the radio. The CAA he represents for Carmeo and Dolan should be stopped. They don’t rep professional and classy players, they represent mafia like, low value and uneducated players in NBA. In Houston, no matter whether team s good or bad, Lin can play his basketball without worrying other things.
    And also in this year, many strong teams in western conference will give Lin good chance to develop his skills and get more experience from good teams.

  • http://www.slamonline.com nbk troll

    FREE KEVIN MARTIN!

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    They’ve got some nice rookies down there. Jeremy Lamb, Terrence Jones, and don’t forget about Donatas Montiejunas. May take 2-3 years but the future is bright there.

  • Matt

    What do you say to a person that has surpassed all expectations? WOW!
    Expect the best of Linsanity in 2013. Rockets may not win the title or in the play-offs this new season or next, However with Jeremy Lin in the lineup and leadership, Rockets will be the team to watch in next few years.
    My hunch is Houston Rockets will surpass all expectation in the NBA.

  • TTWS3

    Well, as a New Yorker and Knick hater but showing no bias (honestly!) given that he needs the ball to be effective, leaving was the best decision for him. The ball would’ve only stagnated being with Melo and Amare which in turn would have hurt his value. The future looks a lot brighter with him in Houston rather than NYC.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Fresh start without having to watch Melo dribble the ball into the ground or Amar’e stand in the corner and also watch Melo dribble, while collecting quite a bit of money in Houston, Texas with a group of young, talented players and a teacher for a head coach. Not a hard decision. They’re a good/great big man away from being a playoff team again.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    All he’ll do is lose lose lose in Houston, but still get voted to the All-Star game with the Yao vote. lol

  • pposse

    cosign shocks comment

  • LA Huey

    I wish this guy the best. I don’t understand how people can’t seperate the hype from the player.

  • LC17

    When Basketball is played right, it is such a fun game to watch. And that is why Lin and Knicks are so great last season. I am ready for the same thing to happen with the Rockets. Getting the NBA League Pass! Godspeed Rockets!

  • mask

    honesty. i like that in a person. i wish him the very best.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    the funniest part of all of this is, Lin will be better than Knicks fans are saying he will be. And worse than Rockets fans think he will. Literally the exact opposite of last season.

  • http://www.slamonline.com nbk troll

    Worst team in the L next year

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    or Orlando.

  • http://www.slamonline.com nbk troll

    ^true

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

    hm let me try, im a knicks fan and i think he will most likely put up 14-17ppg to go with 5-7apg by putting up average numbers in other statistically relevant point guard statistics and shoot smth around 47% from the field

  • Screw

    I wish the Rockets didn’t get Lin.. Now I’m stuck seeing a mediocre point guard running the team when Lowry and Dragic both were much better..

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    you are the exception, who probably thinks he’ll be better than he will be. actually, i don’t think you are very far off on anything but the shooting % part. And he really might set a record for turnovers in a season.

  • Kevin

    it will be curious to see as nobody saw lin coming last year and I doubt he was on anybodys scouting report, I wonder what will happen when teams start planning for him and forcing him to his left should be insteresting to see how well he can adapt and if he can do it fast enough, but I will say this he did Light up and outscore kb24 and the lakeshow for 38 was BOSS!

  • Bobitto

    I think they’ll actually be better than a lot of people expect. Even w/o top 10 picks they still got 3 very talented and versatile rookies and adding the incredibly confident big man from last year’s draft will be very good additions. The west is still going to be deep for playoff contention but I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw them in the mix for that final playoff spot this season.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    To be honest, I think having Lin play in Houston will be better for his career. He’ll no longer have to defer to the likes of Melo or Amare. The wins won’t come as often but he’s in a better position to develop as player.

  • SeanMagicJuan

    Watch Lin’s fg% go way down.

  • http://www.slamonline.com nbk troll

    What kind of numbers would Lin need to put up to be MIP? i think All that linsanity hype would play a huge factor in the voting

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Lin won’t win MIP – it’s pretty much Michael Beasley’s award to lose considering he is going from averaging 11.6PPG to being the go-to guy on a team.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    @nbk, you sure? Beasley averaged 19ppg just 2 years ago and didn’t win MIP. Can a person go from 19ppg to 11ppg back to 19ppg and still win MIP?

  • bike

    One thing about this guy – he never says anything stupid. Hope other players learn a thing or two from him.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    i’m sure they can, although you are right that something like that hasn’t happened in the past. but i think Beasley averages something like 22PPG this year, given the freedom of the offense he will be in, and Gentry’s ability to recognize his player’s strengths, +he will become a decently efficient offensive player for the first time in his career. It’s either going to be a guy like Beasley who is in a totally new situation, or it will be like Jrue Holliday who showed heaps of improvement in just the first 2 rounds of the playoffs.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    FWIW, I think Goran Dragic will be nice in PHX with Beasley and Gortat. Dude was balling last season, shows he deserves to be a starting PG in the League.

  • LA Huey

    I’m pretty sure MIP goes to a Sun this year. Lin is going to hold it down.

  • JML-G

    Rockets will feel like morons when it turns out Lin is nothing more than a role player.. same for Asik

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

    @nbk: come on, my prediction also includes a 14ppg 5apg season which shouldnt be too bad. his fg% might drop a little more but defenses cant fucos 100% on him as he still hast at least one reliable option to score on his passes in martin lol. i think lin wont really increase his averages segnificantly but he would still be a pretty good player if he would ony improve by little. n cosign you on beasly, thats really the no 1 favorite to win the mip

  • http://www.slamonline.com nbk

    Like I said, only thing I think you really over estimated was shooting %. I just dOn’t see him shooting over 45% As the lead guard and leader on a team. And Kevin McHale doesn’t like Kevin Martin for whatever reason. So there is that. Plus Martin is not as much of a knockdown shooter as his reputation would lead to believe. I don’t know if he’s ever even shot over 43% for a season.

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

    cosign

  • http://www.nba.com son.of.dad

    I would LOVE to see the suns come head on up the backside of both the clips and lakers in the pacific division. MIP could be beasley but the rise of markieff morris will be both a blessing for phx and curse for b easy in terms of that MIP.

  • http://www.xvideos.com nbk troll

    MIP Possibilities: Evan turner, Paul george, wes johnson, big baby, josh selby, oj mayo, and brandon Roy might get a sympathy nod

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

    “Former British colony”? They can’t just say Hong Kong, like you know, any decent mammal would?
    Europeans really are proud of stealing other people’s land, aren’t they?

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

    Dragic might be an All-Star this year or next. He was averaging 18 and 8 on 49% shooting as a starter for Houston. If he puts up similar numbers with relative team success, I think hel’l make it. This is his breakout year.

  • http://www.xvideos.com nbk troll

    Too many pg in the west for dragic to be all star….. Parker, westbrook, nash, cp3, Lin on the fan vote.

  • Roscoe

    Brook Lopez believes the Nets & Rockets will play in the Finals.

  • Zabbah

    “We’re young and inexperienced, just like myself” he forgot to add.

  • Lin fan

    it will be really good if Houston can trade in Tyson Chandler as a forward for Jeremy in the pick and roll. They do make a perfect pair like they were when Lin was with the knicks..

  • http://slamonline.com LLC#12

    @Teddy, as a Brit, our history is a very difficult one to be proud of, I don’t like seeing places talked about in terms of our past ownership either! Bit patronising/degrading for the place in question I think. I Honestly don’t expect all that much from Lin this season, maybe like 15ppg or something. It’s not ridiculous to imagine that Dragic and/or Lowry will actually have better seasons than the guy they were shipped out for.

  • Geez

    @Zabbah: “We” already includes “I” . English 101.

  • Geez

    There are so many quack “experts” foretelling whether Lin & Rockets will perform good or bad in the coming season. I prefer to just wait and see. The season will start very soon, so we don’t have to wait that long. Anyway, good luck to Lin and I hope he proves his critics wrong. And I hope Rockets will do well for giving all these youngsters a chance to prove themselves, and that they end up with a whole bunch of cinderellas proving all their critics wrong.

  • deadeyewong

    Me thinks this season Lin will have no issues with going Left, as he has been working on this “flaw”. As we’ll see, then all of Lin’s haters, especially SAS, will complain that he can’t go Right or some other nitpicking racist crap. Whether overtly or covertly, Lin’s haters will always find a complaint. The only thing Lin has proven with no dispute, from high school to now is Lin can Win! Can’t wait for the new season!

  • Thanatos15

    @nbk in 2005 to 2008 Kevin Martin had a FG% better than 45%. That’s when his reputation was established. In fact, in 2006 he had 47.3% FG with 1.6 3PT per game.

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

    @deadeyewong: lol, how the hell on earth is stating that somebody who couldnt go left, couldnt go left “racist crap”?

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

    @Thanatos 15: this is 4 years ago. every good player can have an off-season once in a while, that also happens to the best out there. but if you dont shoot over 45% 4 years in a row then youre just not that kind of efficient scorer anymore.

  • Basketball_iQ

    I got money says the rockets will be better than the fk az knicks… pay pal it up

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

    @basketball_iq: ill give u my bank acc infos by midseason. please remind me. n please save some money lol

  • http://www.slamonline.com nbk

    I was wrong my bad, but His efficient reputation has more to do with his 3pt % and penchant to get to the FT line – but I was definitely wrong about his FG % thanks for correcting that

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

    Kevin Martin is efficient cuz he can score a lot from minimal FGA. But like you said, that’s dependent mainly on his 3 point shooting and ability to get to the line–but also the fact that he’s one of the best FT shooters in the league.
    I think the rule changes really hurt him though, cuz he used to get a tonne of free throws from the rip-through move. He’s really fun to watch, definitely a unique player (On O). On defense he’s like a stick of spaghetti.

  • Thanatos15

    @nbk and@danpowers
    danpowers has a good point, kevin martin’s fg% steadily declined from that peak to the current levels which does not indicate that he’s an efficient scorer anymore.

  • Thanatos15

    @Teddy-the-Bear I think that his repeated injuries hurt this game more than that rule change.
    Anyway, that rip-through move doesn’t have anything to do with basketball. Kevin Durant used that move a lot, also.

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