Although former New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin was the Rockets’ prized acquisition in the 2012 offseason, he will not be part of the starting lineup when the Rockets show off their free agency prize in 2013, center Dwight Howard, Wednesday night.
“I have known for awhile so it is not really a surprise for me,” Lin told Jenny Dial Creech of the Houston Chronicle. “I think for me, I am just focused on basketball. You know I, I need to control what I do when I am out there like I said. I feel like I am beating a dead horse with some of the things I’m saying. Controlling what I can control and playing my brand of basketball when I’m out there and doing what’s best for us, for the team and running the second unit to the best of my ability.”
Instead, Patrick Beverly will be the starting point guard and Lin seems okay with that.
“You have to look at the game as a whole like how many minutes you play and what you do when you are on the floor,” Lin explained. “So for me, it is not that big of a deal for me being in second unit and being able to attack and have that freedom to be able to be freelancing a bit. I think that will be fun.”
Lin averaged 13.4 points and 6.1 assists in 32.2 minutes per game for the Rockets last season. Beverly put up 5.6 points and 2.7 assists in 17.4 minutes per game.
The Rockets and Charlotte Bobcats will tip-off at 8:00 pm EST Wednesday.