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Jeremy Lin says he dropped 10 pounds, knee is healthy

Sep 18, 2012, 4:13 PM EDT

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The Rockets have a lot invested in Jeremy Lin. Not financially for the next couple years, although that third year is a monster. However, it is more about marketing and perception. The Rockets went big game hunting this summer and landed Lin. He’s the guy.

And Lin says he is physically ready, reports Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. Ready in a way he may not have been had it not been for “Linsanity” in New York last year.

He said he has changed since his breakthrough season in New York, returning to Toyota Center fully recuperated from the torn meniscus in his left knee that ended his season and 10 pounds lighter…

“I learned a lot in New York,” Lin said. “It happened so fast I think I learned (about) basketball, but I think I learned a lot about people, a lot about life. That was huge. On the outside looking in, it might have been all about the glitz and the glamour, but it was really tough for me to handle everything, from all aspects.”

In his first day at the Rockets facility Lin tried to play down the whole “face of the franchise” thing, just trying to be the humble guy. He can say that and believe that if he wants. But if you look at the Rockets marketing you know he is the face of the franchise. He’s the star being sold in what promises to be a bumpy season in Houston.

Lin is the face of the Rockets. At least physically he seems to be ready for it.

  1. nokoolaidcowboy - Sep 18, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Good for you Lin, wish you continued success in the NBA!

  2. blue18hutthutt - Sep 18, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    I don’t understand why so many people root for this guy to fail

    • sackofrice - Sep 18, 2012 at 11:31 PM

      when the first asian came to baseball they were all pitchers. its almost the same for basketball when all asian players were tall. but lin is more comparable to a position player. hes no way near as good as ichiro but at least hes not just playing because hes tall.

      hes also the the first nba player asian americans can relate to. other notable asian american athletes lin can look up to: dat nguyen, bj penn, michael chang, and whoever else i missed.

  3. rushledger - Sep 20, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    I have nothing personal against this guy just the media for overblowing him and making him out to be a god when he was barely a flash in the pan he was like a short term Tebow in terms of media attention. Again nothing against him but utterly overblown.

    • donrwells3 - Sep 20, 2012 at 3:32 PM

      Do you not remember any of what happened?

      Lin was bounced around from bench to bench all over the league. He was broke and about to get the big boot out of the league.

      Suddenly, players start to go down, the Knicks hit a wall and start dropping games…
      Lin gets his start, plays better than anyone would have ever expected (38 points against the Lakers.. some veteran players have NEVER scored 38 points in a game) and brings the Knicks back to playoff contention.

      You could say Lin was the only reason they were the 8th seed in the playoffs. Now he is rich, a symbol for any asian with a passion for basketball, and still a humble guy. Lin was a great addition to the basketball media and he was great for the NBA. He deserved everything he got from that.

  4. dysraw1 - Sep 20, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    if you ask me he needs to gain 10 pounds of muscle considering the beating he took last year, but still all the success J Lin

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