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Houston we have a point guard: Lin re-enters Rockets' airspace

HOUSTON -- Jeremy Lin thought he'd be having this kind of news conference in New York.

Instead, he was talking about his new deal with the Houston Rockets on Thursday on the same practice court where he worked in virtual anonymity seven months ago before he was waived. Lin became a Rocket again when the Knicks decided not to match Houston's three-year, US$25 million offer.

“It's been an unbelievable ride,” Lin said. “Just a lot of things I didn't expect to happen, in terms of just the way last season went. I still have to kind of remind myself that this is all actually happening, sometimes. But it's a huge blessing. I can't believe how it all shaped up and for me to be here right now. I'm definitely excited and thankful.”

Lin said he expected to be re-signed by the Knicks after he electrified the Big Apple last season before he was sidelined by a knee injury. Shortly after the Knicks officially declined to match, Lin was quoted on SI.com as saying, “Honestly, I preferred New York.”

Lin said the question he answered was set in the context of before the start of the free agency period.

“The question was, 'Going into free agency, which team did you prefer?'” Lin said. “Before July 1, I didn't even know what teams were interested in me. But all I was hearing was, 'You're going back to New York.' At that time, before free agency started, I preferred New York. By the time it came to the offer sheet, I was just excited about both opportunities.

“Houston and New York,” he said, “I was definitely excited about the possibility to go to both.”

But probably not as excited as the Rockets were to get him.

Houston has missed the playoffs the last three seasons, and when Linsanity skyrocketed in New York, general manager Daryl Morey was kicking himself for waiving him on Christmas Eve. When Lin hit a winning 3-pointer in Toronto on Valentine's Day, owner Leslie Alexander called Morey to tersely ask him again why Lin was no longer a Rocket.

“He was killing me,” Morey said with a smile. “I think one of the reasons Mr. Alexander is a great owner is because we're constantly evaluating our past decisions and deciding what did we know at the time? What could we have done better? How can we improve?

“People are making a lot of us admitting to our mistake,” Morey said. “But the only way to get better is to quickly say, 'That was a mistake. How can we do better next time?'”

At the time Lin was released, the Rockets had Goran Dragic and Kyle Lowry on the roster — two point guards with NBA experience. And who knew what Linsanity would become?

“We had very fair reasons to waive him,” Morey said. “But the reality is, we shouldn't have.”



July 21, 2012    bigthinks@
American basketball team are making fools of Taiwanese people because they are signing Lin not because he is a good player but just to sell their merchandize...Knicks have done it, now rockets then another. It will go on. Taiwanese dumping old team jersey for new team, never knowing where Houston is or any other city in U.S...Jeremy Lin is a true American helping America’s economy by fooling Taiwanese to buy American merchandize as if he is Taiwanese like Wang Chien -ming. Will play for Taiwan basketball team like Tony parker does for France or Ricky Robio does for Spain. He is laughing as Americans fool Taiwanese out of their low income earnings...Beware Taiwanese. Support your own nationals with the money. U fools are spending on before Knicks and now Houston merchandize.
July 23, 2012    spice2coolrj@
bigthinks@ wrote:
American basketball team are making fools of Taiwanese people because they are signing Lin not because he is a good player but just to sell their merchandize...Knicks have done it, now rockets then another. It will go on. Taiwanese dumping old team jersey for new team, never knowing where Houston is or any other city in U.S...Jeremy Lin is a true American helping America’s economy by fooling Taiwanese to buy American merchandize as if he is Taiwanese like Wang Chien -ming. Will play for Taiwan basketball team like Tony parker does for France or Ricky Robio does for Spain. He is laughing as Americans fool Taiwanese out of their low income earnings...Beware Taiwanese. Support your own nationals with the money. U fools are spending on before Knicks and now Houston merchandize.
Are you idiot or what, Parker and Rubio are French and Spanish born and so they play for their countries. Lin is not Asian, he is American.
July 24, 2012    linsuhow17@
bigthinks@ wrote:
American basketball team are making fools of Taiwanese people because they are signing Lin not because he is a good player but just to sell their merchandize...Knicks have done it, now rockets then another. It will go on. Taiwanese dumping old team jersey for new team, never knowing where Houston is or any other city in U.S...Jeremy Lin is a true American helping America’s economy by fooling Taiwanese to buy American merchandize as if he is Taiwanese like Wang Chien -ming. Will play for Taiwan basketball team like Tony parker does for France or Ricky Robio does for Spain. He is laughing as Americans fool Taiwanese out of their low income earnings...Beware Taiwanese. Support your own nationals with the money. U fools are spending on before Knicks and now Houston merchandize.
We are the Fans, not the fools...and besides we (Taiwanese) can AFFORD their merchandises...We'll follow Jeremy Lin ANYWHERE...Get lost, you LOSER!!!
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