After the Houston Rockets added Dwight Howard this offseason, it would be safe to say that expectations are definitely high. If anyone knows a thing about high expectations it is Jeremy Lin. Lin has endured “Linsanity” and the ensuing backlash that always accompanies overexposure. After some unfortunate injuries last year Lin is ready for this upcoming year. HoopsWorld had a chance to ask Lin some questions about his past and this upcoming season.
Lin was asked if he was ready for the challenge.
“For the first time in my career, I’m going back to the same team that I was on the year before,” Lin said. “To be able to have that consistency and continuity, that can only help. I don’t know if I’m going to have a breakout year or whatever, but I definitely want to see improvements in my game. Obviously, having Dwight just makes us so much more versatile of a team. For me, I’m going to have to shoot and be efficient. My efficiency is going to have to be at an all-time high next season.”
Dwight will certainly command a healthy amount of attention from opposing teams and that will certainly help Lin and the offense. I think the biggest help will be Dwight’s presence on defense. Lin is a defensive gambler. He is very good at jumping passing lanes and getting steals, but those gambles often hurt his team defense behind him. Howard will be able to hide some of those mistakes. Harden is not the best defender either and Howard will be valuable behind him as well.
If the Howard from Orlando shows up in Houston this will certainly be a team to be reckoned with.
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