Frustrated Jeremy Lin Trying to Remain Patient

Jeremy Lin’s struggles in the preseason have been under the microscope. While his coach thinks he just needs to regain some confidence, Lin feels it’s only a matter of time and patience until his game rounds back into shape. Per the Houston Chronicle: “For two days, Jeremy Lin had to let his frustration marinate in the mix that is his unique place as an NBA celebrity beginning the next phase of his career. He had struggled badly against the Spurs on Sunday, making just the last of his 10 shots, which drew unusual levels of attention if only because he was the guy going 1-for-10. That morning, an unnamed source had charged in a New York newspaper that Rockets coaches were unhappy with him over a lack of effort to improve, which they considered so inaccurate they said the issue was that he has worked too hard and they wanted him to back off. Lin did not deny his poor play or disguise his disappointment, but he also knew there would be nothing he could do about it until Wednesday night’s game against Memphis, with the Rockets having already determined he would have to sit out Monday’s game against the Mavericks. ‘It’s frustrating,’ Lin said. ‘Any time you don’t play as well as you think you’re capable of, it’s frustrating. I have to remember it’s a process. It’s not just going to happen overnight for me. I’m going to have to build and build step by step, brick by brick. As long as I get an upward progression of improvement over time, I think I’m happy.’ As much as he can have that perspective and put it in a Harvard-y sort of way, Lin could not blame his critics, since he has been among his harshest. Through three preseason games, he has averaged 5.3 points (on 21.1 percent shooting) and 4.7 assists in 22.7 minutes.”