Houston, TX, United States (4E Sports) – Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin gave much more credit to Dwight Howard’s ability in making them an NBA championship contender than himself.
Reminded about Hakeem Olajuwon’s observation that the Howard-Lin tandem on offense could be “very deadly”, Lin replied that he thinks Dwight Howard himself is already pretty deadly.
Lin, 25, conceded having “a lot of holes” in his own game, noting he had to learn how to play a little more off the ball, and how to cut, shoot and defend better.
He added that he doesn’t have as much freedom or usage rate he had when he was with the New York Knicks.
Furthermore, teams now know his strengths and weaknesses such as he doesn’t possess an element of surprise anymore.
Lin acknowledged that he was burdened by the big expectations of “Linsanity” in Houston.
But Olajuwon said Howard’s presence would allow Lin to play pressure-free basketball this year.
“I agree with that, more so now than ever,” Lin said. “The majority of the pressure is leaning on other guys, and it’s going to give me a little bit more space and a little bit more freedom to be able to just be myself. . .”
He treats other people’s comments that he had a disappointing season as somewhat of a compliment, as he is perceived to be more capable than what he showed.
With James Harden an established perimeter star, the Howard acquisition is expected to elevate Houston into the upper tier of the Western Conference.
Lin admitted they have to immediately make up for the lack of postseason experience, as they don’t want to wait three years down the line to be able to compete for a championship.