Jeremy Lin’s shooting during the Houston Rockets’ first five pre-season games has some fans and media beginning to question the Rockets decision to acquire “Linsanity”. Houston Rockets’ head coach Kevin Mchale has put a premium on shooters, scorers and youth which he hopes will produce very sound players and in a few cases, great NBA players. The hope of Coach Mchale and his coaching staff’s integral analysis is that the young players will develop as quickly as possible, while jelling with one another, and the few veterans the Rockets have on their roster.
Over the next few years, the Rockets believe that this unit can grow into a strong defensive, see-man-and-ball, oriented team while being an aggressive offensive team that will begin their offense from good defense and rebounding to fast-breaks. The Rockets will drive and kick utilizing all their good shooters on the perimeter in their half court offense. The shooters will create spacing, as defenders will be forced to stay home and not help out on defense.
Jeremy Lin comes into the mix if he reproduces the level of play he displayed during the “Linsanity” highpoint; he will be viewed as a 26 million dollar plus appreciation.
Coach Kevin Mchale and the Houston Rockets put their reputation and their money on the line when they out bid the New York Knicks for Jeremy Lin’s services. What was more impressive was their ability to convince Lin that Houston would be a better home for him after his sensational highly publicized “Linsanity” success as a New York Knick.
Kevin Mchale knew that he and the Rockets organization were committed to a youth movement going into the 2012-2013 NBA season. Kevin Martin, Jon Brockman and Shaun Livingston are the only Rockets players with three or more years experience in the NBA. In the Rockets best outing against the Memphis Grizzlies, Lin was in a groove leading the Rockets to victory 109-102. A consistent dose of Lin driving into the paint and his perimeter players hitting their open shots spruced the Rockets offense to the level they hope to sustain throughout the upcoming regular season.
In the Rockets pre-season victory against the Grizzlies there was a “Linsanity” sighting. His game line was 12 assists, five rebounds and four steals in 31 minutes of playing time, but he only made three of the nine shots he took from the outside.
Despite Lin’s lack of touch on the perimeter, he is beginning to show that he is capable of consistently performing on the level that Kevin Mchale and the Rockets hope will propel this young team to a competitive status in the NBA.
One of the most difficult aspects of a look to pass first point guard is the art of balancing when to look pass first and when to look for the shot first based on what is taking place in a game. The Houston Rockets can be a tough out against any team when Lin is able to get in the paint, keep the defense honest by hitting his outside shot, and his young teammates are moving at the correct tempo. It is a matter of rhythm for Jeremy Lin and the Houston Rockets.