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While Rockets are patient, Lin frustrated with performance

Oct 17, 2012, 10:08 AM EDT

Jeremy Lin AP

Jeremy Lin has shot 21.1 percent through three preseason games.

He is coming off knee surgery and has not found his groove with the Rockets yet. He particularly struggled against the disciplined Spurs defense on Sunday. All this has led to smirks and some cowardly anonymous attacks out of New York, but the Rockets have been patient and called it a process.

But Lin, he is frustrated he told the Houston Chronicle.

“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.”

I think that’s a Harvard way of sounding positive. I’m not sure, I went to a state college.

It is going to be a process, both for Lin to recover and for coach Kevin McHale and the Rockets to come up with lineups that work well.

In New York Lin was able to play pick-and-roll basketball with Tyson Chandler — one of the better pick-and-roll bigs in the league — and kick out to shooters like Steve Novak who would knock down shots. It played to his strengths. With Houston starting Omer Asik at center and Chandler Parsons on he wing, it’s not the same. It’s going to take time.

And it may well never be that perfect storm, lightning-in-a-bottle again. It can be good without being that.

But Lin and the Rockets need to keep working to get him and their offense up to good, because it’s not there yet.

  1. buffalobills2012 - Oct 17, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    obviously….quite possibly the most overrated player ever

    • doctorfootball - Oct 17, 2012 at 3:07 PM

      Well, I don’t know if he’s the most overrated player ever. He is however, going to be paid like a superstar in the next few seasons. That’s a lot for a kid with a ridiculously high turnover rate and absolutely no idea how to play defense.

    • aht66 - Oct 18, 2012 at 1:18 AM

      I wouldn’t say he is the most overrated player ever….. I can think of at least one player that was more overrated ….that guy picked in the first round over Michael Jordan… what was his name …oh yeah .. Sam Bowie! Seriously though. Lin made the most of his given opportunity while starting for the NY Knicks. Having a championship caliber center like Chandler and 3 point shooter like Novak made his limited talent and skill set appear better than it really is. Houston obviously has to live with their decision to pay this guy like he was a proven point guard for the few years he sat the bench and was waived by several teams to and from the D-league. So yeah!!! Its going to be a slow process.

      • nolanwiffle - Oct 18, 2012 at 11:37 AM

        I have to question whether or not you know the definition of “overrated”. Bowie’s selection in the draft is always (and unfairly) viewed in 20/20 hindsight. No one was predicting that Jordan would be one of the all-time greats when he came out of Carolina.

        In Bowie, the Blazers were drafting a seven-footer to fill a need in the post. They had won a title with Walton in ’77, but he was later dealt due to injury issues.

        Unfortunately, Bowie’s career was derailed by injuries as well. However, during his rookie year he averaged 10 points and 8 boards per game…..good enough to put him on the NBA All-Rookie squad that year. After being shipped to the Nets in the Buck Williams deal, Bowie averaged 12 points and 8 boards for them. For his career he averaged 11 points and 7 rebounds.

        He may have been injury-prone, and probably didn’t play to the level of a third overall draft pick. But he wasn’t horrendous. Nor was he ever “overrated”. We can’t blame him for not being Michael Jordan. Who was?

  2. therealhtj - Oct 17, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    The true definition of Linsanity . . .

  3. raycharlesj - Oct 17, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    I have been saying it from the begining, McHale better find D’Antoni’s number and offer to pay his way to Houston and give him a job as consultant or the next couple of years are going to feel like decades for the Rockets. They are already starting to formulate a bunch of excuses as to why their prematurely anointed wonder-boy is not living up to all that hype, now it is going to take “time” when in the beginning wonder-boy was going to change the nba with all his skills and talent and DOMINATE!!! Well back to the drawing board.

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