Jeremy Lin was supposed to be the savior of the Houston Rockets last season. But Lin had a relatively down year in comparison to the run he had with the New York Knicks during the 2011-2012 season.
At a youth conference in Taiwan, Lin spoke on his first season in Houston and how the pressure and expectations began to affect his play on the court. He also said that he believed that the coaches were losing faith in him. Despite everything, Lin was still able to average 13.4 points and 6.1 assists per game, which are pretty solid stats for a starting point guard in the league. But after signing a three-year deal worth $25 million during the summer of 2012, the stats didn’t quite live up to the gaudy contract he signed.
Things are looking up for Lin now, though. Now that James Harden is a bona fide superstar, and with the acquisition of Dwight Howard in free agency, the onus to be great all the time won’t be on Lin as much, which should allow him to play his best basketball. Lin no longer has to be a superstar; he just has to be a solid contributor on a consistent basis night in and night out.
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