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Jeremy Lin on coming off the bench: “I don’t think it’s that big of a deal”

Oct 30, 2013, 5:28 PM EDT

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When the Houston Rockets tip off the season Wednesday night, Patrick Beverley will be out on the court as the starting point guard.

Jeremy Lin will be in his warm-ups on the bench, waiting for his name to be called by coach Kevin McHale — Lin will be the sixth man for the Rockets, at least to start the season.

And he is good with that, he told CSNHouston.com.

“I don’t think it’s that big of a deal,” Lin said.

“You just have to look at the game as a whole,” he said. “How many minutes do you end up playing and what do you do when you’re on the floor. To me, it’s not that big of a deal being in the second unit, being able to attack and have that freedom and to be able to be freelancing a little bit. I think it will be fun.”

As I noted yesterday, I like this move for the Rockets — it’s not about how much money Lin makes, it’s about fit. With the starters, you want the ball in James Harden’s hands and Lin takes some possessions away from him. Plus Beverley is a better defender and a better spot up shooter, both skill sets that fit better with the Rockets’ starters.

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Lin comes in as a spark plug, asked to score and attack — to do what he does best off the pick-and-roll. He can run it with Dwight Howard, Omer Asik or others, and really provide a boost. This is a great use of his skill set; the question is if he would accept it. He seems down with it (and with his personality didn’t we expect that).

By the way, Beverley is good with starting. Very big of him. But he handled it graciously.

“I accept my role,” he said. “We have three proven starting point guards. All three have started here (Beverley, Lin and Aaron Brooks). Me and Jeremy know each other well. We play together well too. He is a phenomenal playmaker. I try to pick his brain as much as I can. He is one of my best friends. It makes our team that much better. It’s a great thing – it can go anyway. We are just teammates and we are playing well together.”

  1. johngalt1783 - Oct 30, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    For a player that was “good” coming off his mother’s couch for free, I would think he would be good with coming off a NBA bench for millions. I wonder if he has bought his mom a new couch.

    • dondada10 - Oct 30, 2013 at 5:45 PM

      It was Landry Fields’ couch, not Lin’s mother’s. But I can see how you could get those two confused.

      • johngalt1783 - Oct 30, 2013 at 6:26 PM

        Landry Fields has a couch?

        Thanks for the correction.

    • benjamintko - Oct 31, 2013 at 6:01 PM

      lol you idiot.

  2. ji8888 - Oct 30, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Screw Dwight.

  3. kb2408 - Oct 30, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    If you have two quarterbacks you have no quarterbacks. If you have two point guards………

    • detectivejimmymcnulty - Oct 30, 2013 at 6:13 PM

      Apples to oranges.

  4. antistratfordian - Oct 30, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Lin being a sixth man is better for him, imo. It gives him the space to try to recreate Linsanity rather than trying to be a facilitator for Harden, et al.

    • homieshome - Oct 31, 2013 at 6:21 AM

      Look man with all due respect, he’s not going to be the 6th man of the year. Only tell you this so you don’t get your hopes up. He’ll be a HUGE asset to his team to come off the bench and still give them 10-15 PPG averages. But he won’t bypass guys like JR Smith, Jamal Crawford, Matt Barnes or Kevin Martin, etc. He’ll just be a really good role player for the Rockets.

    • arrondior - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      I agree. We saw last season that Lin had his biggest games when Harden was absent. Lin has a lot of potential and being the sixth man allows him to continue to develop and also really show off his MUCH improved shooting this season. Don’t be surprised if Lin ends up winning 6th man of the year this season.

  5. goldmember21 - Oct 30, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    This guy is garbage. Over-rated.

    • stephenlin - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:53 AM

      this guy’s positivity, determination, and love for the game will outweigh your uneducated hate any day.

      • homieshome - Oct 31, 2013 at 6:11 AM

        Ignore him Steph

    • blue18hutthutt - Oct 31, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      Only thing that was garbage was what came out of your mother’s womb

  6. timb12 - Oct 30, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    If Harden resigned with OKC, he would have been their sixth man. No shame in coming off the bench and helping your team.

  7. csbanter - Oct 30, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    For once gotta give Knicks owner some credit. Dolan didn’t cave to fan pressure. Lin is nothing more than a backup. So much for Linsanity. Its more like Lin sit ur arse down.

    • homieshome - Oct 31, 2013 at 6:10 AM

      I’m a Knicks fan and happy with the way the Knicks made out but Lin’s still going to be huge for the Rckets. However he does belong on the bench because that’s what he is, just a really good role player. I admit linsanity was more so a fantasy than reality because it wouldn’t last but he’s still a top 4 player on the Rockets.

    • limonadamas - Nov 1, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      Enjoy Felton and Bargnani…

  8. orlandochamps - Oct 30, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    No biggie for J Lin. Even better. 6 man of the year.

    • homieshome - Oct 31, 2013 at 6:07 AM

      Well i doubt that. He’ll be a really good asset to his team but definitely not 6th man of the year, even if he were to get the stats he got tonight every single game

  9. harshedmellow - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    I’d like to see Aaron Brooks get some run. He can play.

  10. homieshome - Oct 31, 2013 at 6:06 AM

    The media just looks for things to fuss over and it’s so pathetic because they know nothing about sports at all and so they look at this coming off the bench scenario like its supposed to be disrespectful to Lin or something. The guy is more useful to his team off the bench, it’s makes sense. But because it’s Lin and because the Media is efffing clueless, you have to hear them when they ask him about it, they act like he should be discouraged over it. I hate the media

    • Kurt Helin - Nov 3, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      Did you read our posts or are you just challenged with reading comprehension? Did we say this was best for him? Yes.

  11. cruzan80 - Oct 31, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    But the Knicks were stupid for letting him walk…..right….got it.

  12. blue18hutthutt - Oct 31, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Honestly from a basketball perspective it makes sense – Lin and Harden can’t co-exist on the floor at the same time because of both player’s need to dominate the ball to play to their strengths

    Lin spear-heading the second unit against second team-ers allows him to create more and not worry about fitting in with Harden and the others

    Basketball is a team sport – glad to see Lin’s ego isn’t preventing him from seeing that. Ginobili came off the bench and I don’t think anyone would ever take away anything from him and his impact

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