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Jeremy Lin a good fit in Houston, but don’t expect playoffs

Jul 18, 2012, 6:23 PM EDT

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As Knicks fans are slowly coming to grips with, when the NBA season tips off next fall Jeremy Lin will be a Rocket. Maybe he wanted to stay, doesn’t matter.

Marketing people are already making the switch — bootleg No. 17 Lin rocket shirts are already out on the market, and the not bootleg ones wiil not be far behind, reports the New York Times.

So the next question becomes, how good a fit will he be with the Rockets?

Not bad. But Houston doesn’t have near the talent around Lin that the Knicks rolled out on the court, so don’t be thinking playoffs.

The Rockets needed a point guard after trading Kyle Lowry (Toronto) and letting Goran Dragic walk away (Phoenix). The only point guard on the roster is Toney Douglas and, um, well… let’s just say Lin is a considerable upgrade.

But what made Lin work in New York was a wide-open, pick-and-roll offense where he had a good pick-and-roll big (Tyson Chandler) and he was surrounded by shooters. If you want Lin to be a star — and clearly the Rockets do — then you have to put him in a system to succeed.

Well, the Rockets have shooters — Kevin Martin is the backcourt mate with Lin and a better scorer and shooter than he had with him in New York. Martin has been a borderline All-Star who can shoot, create his own shot and get to the line. Do that next to Lin and you have a tough matchup.

But who sets the picks? After seeing him at Summer League, I recommend Donatas Motiejunas. When I saw the rookie he showed good hands, a little pick-and-pop and a lot of roll. What’s more, he showed a real mean streak around the basket, which they need. Another guy that could become involved are Chandler Parsons, some 1/3 pick-and-roll would be interesting and throw some teams off.

But what the Rockets need to do most is not get caught trying to execute in the half court. With Lin and guys like Jeremy Lamb, Terrence Jones and Royce White (not to mention Martin) the Rockets should get out and run teams into the ground. McHale has to turn them loose.

It all sounds like an entertaining team. It does not sound like a playoff team.

Well, that or make sure the team lands Dwight Howard.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 18, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    CALVIN MURPHY IS A GOOD FIT IN HOUSTON. They don’t have any other point guards. ANYONE would be a good fit.

  2. Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 18, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    “Well, the Rockets have shooters — Kevin Martin is the backcourt mate with Lin and a better scorer and shooter than he had with him in New York.”

    WHAT IN GODS NAME???

    • slopmcflop - Jul 18, 2012 at 6:56 PM

      Yeaaahhh. Melo is overrated a tad, but to say Kevin Martin is better? Methinks Kurt was thinking “everyone but Melo”

      • scalfor3 - Jul 18, 2012 at 7:53 PM

        melo’s a forward. he’s saying that martins better than the knicks 2 guards. which he is.

      • slopmcflop - Jul 18, 2012 at 8:36 PM

        Oh yeah. Backcourt. Hunh. I derped.

  3. captainwisdom8888 - Jul 18, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    In time, NY will be happy they let this guy walk…regardless of how much the fans love him. Houston has already developed a large asian fanbase from the days of Yao, and they grossly overpaid this turnover-machine almost entirely because of his marketability. They are going to turn such a large profit off of jersey sales and such in China and that alone was enticing enough for them to sign the guy. The whole league had Lin figured out late last season.

    Lin’s marketability outweighs his talent and future production 10-fold.

  4. treesloth16 - Jul 18, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Don’t people realize that Lin most likely didn’t want to play in NY with Carmelo and Stoudamire? After both of these clowns came back, his game went downhill and the team didn’t know what they were doing on the floor. When D;Antoni was coaching, the team was a well-oiled machine, everyone was making contributions, and the team was winning. Carmelo returning iced the team’s chemistry, and put everyone out of place. I’m glad Lin didn’t sign with NY; I hate the fact that D’Antoni was pushed out and the team reverted back to sucking.

  5. BigBeachBall - Jul 18, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    Meanwhile, in China, millions of bootleg-jersey online-retailers are printing up Houston Rockets jerseys with “Lin” on the back at this very moment.

  6. ebrownwareagle - Jul 18, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    D-League STARTER! NBA reserve!

  7. ebrownwareagle - Jul 18, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    D-League STARTER! NBA BACK-UP!

  8. crillbill - Jul 18, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    I can now name 1 Houston Rocket

  9. rezdawg - Jul 18, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Howard will join the Rockets…funny how the biased media only talks about Brooklyn or LA…when Houston has been the only real contender to nab Howard.

  10. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Jul 18, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    Loved it when he burst onto the scene but now I’m happy to get rid of him.

    What a complete nightmare and migraine headache the Lin “fans” are. Knick websites were flooded by his fans and now they will thankfully migrate to Houston Rockets sites.

    Thank God its over.

    • LPad - Jul 19, 2012 at 9:53 AM

      Have to agree. Got tired of reading the Lin’s a top 5 pg comments.

  11. jackychilds - Jul 19, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    Neither the Knicks nor the Rockets are going to sniff a deep playoff run in a LOOOOOONG time so who cares where any of their FA’s go?

    Lin went for his and I’m not mad about that. If you are, then you’re a clown.

  12. icewinna0 - Jul 19, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    Rockets will be lottery bound this year. Kevin Martin and Jeremy Lin as best players? Please… I can barely name a starting five for Houston. Completely blew up their roster that was full of talent. Dwight will not go their btw

    • rezdawg - Jul 19, 2012 at 1:41 AM

      If Howard isnt going there, where is he going? Rockets have draft pics, expiring contracts, and the ability to take on crappy contracts (Hedo, JRich, Big Baby)…no other team comes close to that. Its so obvious Howard is going to the Rockets that it hurts…only ESPN fanboys believe all the fluff that crappy news outlet puts out.

  13. klownboy - Jul 19, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Agreed. The joke is on Houston…

    http://wp.me/p1gCK6-qG

  14. dysraw1 - Jul 20, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    hey if he drops 23 & 10 on opening night im good with it, has much has i preached that hes not a starter yet, i never said that he didn’t have game. Jeremy has somethings with him that takes other point men years heart yeah but theres more

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