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Jeremy Lin says Dwight Howard ‘really likes to play pick-and-roll,’ which may be news to Dwight Howard

Aug 25, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

Houston Rockets basketball player Lin gestures during a news conference in Taipei Reuters

Jeremy Lin started all 82 games for the Rockets last season, and managed to average 6.1 assists in 32.2 minutes per game despite the ball dominant ways of James Harden.

The addition of Dwight Howard brings all kinds of new possibilities to the offense, at least on paper.

That’s what Lin is counting on in order for him to build some chemistry with the team’s major free agent acquisition.

From the Associated Press:

Lin told reporters on a visit to Beijing that he saw a natural affinity in the pair’s affection for the pick-and-roll game.

“We’re not yet in Houston and haven’t trained together so I don’t know yet,” said the 25-year-old point guard, who was in China to oversee a basketball camp.

“But he really likes to play pick-and-roll and I really like to play pick-and-roll, so I hope we can work really well together and really happily learn how to play with each other,” Lin said.

Again, it sounds great in theory, except for one minor problem: Howard doesn’t like to play pick-and-roll all that much.

That was the case last season in Los Angeles, and it was one of the ways he clashed with Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni. Steve Nash said as much, and said so specifically.

“He didn’t seem like he really wanted to do a pick-and-roll offense, maybe because he had run one in Orlando for so long and he wanted to get in the post more,” Nash said.

It’s very possible of course that Howard was unhappy in Los Angeles for a variety of reasons, and a contentment in his new situation may open him up to embracing an offensive strategy that would seem to benefit Howard personally, as well as make it extremely difficult for opposing defenses.

It’s worth noting, however, that Howard has been working on attacking out of the post with Hakeem Olajuwon and Kevin McHale this summer, so we’ll just have to wait and see how much the team ends up trying to utilize Howard in the pick-and-roll sets that he openly resisted last season.

  1. timb12 - Aug 25, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    It seems like big men are always unsatisfied. I know it must be tough to not dominate the ball like guards, but even all the “tall” guys I know want to shoot 3′s or cross people over. Do what you’re good at.

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 25, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      I most definitely got you on that one, however, I kinda feel bad that big guys get put in a box and it’s almost taboo for them to venture outside of 10 ft. and to do anything other then post up with their back to the basket. Kind of sad, really.

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 25, 2013 at 8:40 PM

        Luckily there’s no crying in…never mind.

      • imakcds - Aug 26, 2013 at 3:50 PM

        a center is your anchor in the post, that should be his mainstay, but a center can’t just stay on the block, he has to have the versatility to take it at the ft line/ top of the key and operate from there. He’s got to be able hit the 15-17 ft’er AND do his crossover and get to the bucket. If he stays on the low block, the defense doesn’t have to adjust.

    • lowpostfootwork - Aug 25, 2013 at 8:11 PM

      This will be the 3rd and 4th H.O.F that has attempted to morph his Frankenstein post game into something reliable. If he can’t improve this year… pick-n-roll/ putbacks/dunks will be the only way he touches the ball… especially with such horrible FT%

  2. MyTeamsAllStink - Aug 25, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Jeremy Lin should just pass the ball and stay quiet.

  3. sfsugator - Aug 25, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Isn’t that why howard left LA because he didn’t want to play in Mikes pick an roll game???? that boy is confused.

    • bluflower010 - Aug 25, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      No, Howard left LA because Kobe the selflish ballhog drove him away

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 25, 2013 at 2:26 PM

        Durr

      • kb2408 - Aug 25, 2013 at 10:39 PM

        A “selfish ball hog” that has accomplished more in his career than Dwight, or the vast majority of NBA players, ever will. Numbskull.

      • camn13sls - Aug 25, 2013 at 10:53 PM

        You mean like selfish Harden!!!!!

  4. 00maltliquor - Aug 25, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Mr. Lin, if Dwight wasn’t a willing contributor to the PNR with Steve freakin’ Nash out of all people………………….

    I think Lin just punched his ticket out of town, sadly. Dwight Howard is already on the phone with Morey telling him to “muzzle” him.

  5. dondada10 - Aug 25, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Dwight Howard is a petulant child. If you look at his offensive game, he catches the ball well and finishes well. He doesn’t shoot well and he doesn’t handle it well for a big. His footwork is decent and improving.

    Sounds like a hell of a screening big.

    As far as what he did in Orlando, he honestly didn’t set that many on the ball screens. The Magic would go 4 out, 1 in. They more pick and popped on the perimeter in Stan Van Gundy’s system. Pick and rolls were run with perimeter players because you really can’t help off Howard.

    The 4 out 1 in is why guys like Rashard Lewis and Hedo Turkulo were suddenly highly productive: they were good at catch and shoot. Dwight would probably love to go back to exactly that with Chandler Parsons reaping the benefits.

    • imakcds - Aug 26, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      I’m glad you brought that up. as a Laker fan, I got hyped over the athletic Howard coming here. As a basketball fan, I wondered why Van Gundy couldn’t win it with the best big man in the game, and blamed him for the Magic’s shortcomings.
      after the ‘Dwightmare’ s’ year here, I realize that Van Gundy is actually a GREAT coach, utilizing what little basketball skills his center had and embracing an offense that was ultra reliant on the 3, which is NOT a championship offense and is not conducive to Playoff basketball. He was only appeasing a Toddler.

  6. rodericksilva - Aug 25, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Kobe “the selfish ball hog” almost shot 50% from the field…

    I’ll take an old Kobe over Howard. Thanks.

    Houston will see the same old Howard. Always smiling (fake) and never happy.

    He wouldn’t take pick n roll or foul shooting advice from Steve Nash.

    He won’t take preparation and tenacity hints from Kobe via media.

    Harden is a baller and won’t stand for that goofiness.

    • tj5butler - Aug 25, 2013 at 4:58 PM

      Sorry Kobe fanboy.. but Kobe has never and I do mean never shot nearly 50% from the field.. Nearly 50% is 49% or even 48% or 47% from the field, Kobe has never shot 47% from the field! Come on now make an argument or comment without the number smudging..

      • antaresrex - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:36 PM

        “Kobe “the selfish ball hog” almost shot 50% from the field…”

        His career high is 47%. His career average is 45%. The league average is usually between 44% and 46%. “Almost shooting 50%” would only mean something if he wasn’t closer to average.

    • kb2408 - Aug 25, 2013 at 10:54 PM

      Right on point, sir. I can not wait until the season begins so we can see the “new and improved” Dwight. Give me a freaking break!! Houston plays the pick and roll, the team is talking about playing him at PF in order to get Asik on the court AND he’s still the 2nd fiddle, but now to a player that’s younger he is!! And he never really wanted to go to Houston anyway. He couldn’t force his way to Brooklyn and he couldn’t have his way in L.A. I knew Dwight was a basket case when he was reluctant to play with Rosé in Chicago. He’s a selfish overrated player who thinks he’s better than he actually is. He wants to be the man but lacks the skills to be “the man”. That was proven in Orlando.

    • ddarqwon - Aug 26, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      rodericksilva said: “I’ll take an old Kobe over Howard. Thanks.”

      Well you got it buddy, so why are you all still whining?
      Let’s toss the ball up and see how it shakes out.
      No excuses…and no more crying.

  7. raycharlesj - Aug 25, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Sounds like Lin has gone fishing early in Beijing , or he has gotten a hold of some very good Drugs in Asia!!!!

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 25, 2013 at 8:46 PM

      Not surprising someone with the Ray Charles moniker thinks of drugs. Not that there’s anything wrong with THAT.

      • raycharlesj - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:26 AM

        And with a moniker Like jimee johnson use most be pushing or taking Viagra or male enhancement DRUGS!!!!!! HA HA HA HA

  8. theblatche - Aug 25, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    lol Lin doesnt understand that first of all, he wont be Howards point guard for very long because Dwights gonna ask that he gets removed after seeing Lins a work in progress at best and messes up too much, plus weak and lacks confidence. Lin is a 2nd string PG at best and the Rockets seriously need to boot him or bench him

    • theblatche - Aug 25, 2013 at 9:46 PM

      LOL the pathetic desperate Linatrdes hide in the shadows you thumnbs you down but they dont speak because they’ll sound stupid. WELL GUESS WHAT ASIANTURDES? I already knew you wouldnt like what i had to say, obviously you want him to start, hes the only reason hyou watch basketball. Doesnt mean im wrong, watch and learn. Lin sucks you racially biased losers so stick to watching ping pong

      • blue18hutthutt - Aug 25, 2013 at 11:09 PM

        I’m white and you’re an idiot

      • stephenlin - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:59 AM

        The amount of upvotes that theblatche has gotten really makes me lose hope for this commenting board.

      • theblatche - Aug 27, 2013 at 2:58 AM

        StephenLin Hmm.. lol and HuttHutt you’re also a little bicch who wont say that where i can see you. Lets get personal, otherwise shut your mouth you little punk because you aint tough.
        Lin is a joke but his fans are an even bigger joke who know nothing about basketball

  9. kb2408 - Aug 25, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    The Rockets will be a slightly better version of the Magic when Dwight was there. Book it.

    • ddarqwon - Aug 26, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      So the Rockets are going to the Finals?!?!

      • theblatche - Aug 27, 2013 at 2:59 AM

        No way. Quit being so naive you dumb lil bastrd

  10. kobeisabitchyoutube - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Houston beats LA everytime this season

  11. showtimefolks007 - Aug 26, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    He loves it so much that he didn’t want to run it with lakers

    Don’t worry rockets fans you will learn to hate him soon enough

  12. imakcds - Aug 26, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    to me, the only thing that’s clear about Dwight Howard is that the only thing that matters to him is Dwight Howard and what Dwight Howard wants.

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