HoopsHype Jeremy Lin rumors

November 15, 2013 Updates

The Knicks shared Moray’s objective but not his foresight, so their decision on Lin doesn’t seem very astute now, given that Raymond Felton is barely adequate on most nights. Lin is tearing it up like he did in that magical month of the lockout season, so it’s safe to assume that Moray is still smitten. "I don’t know if his ceiling can be (determined) yet," the GM said. "If you go back to his first time around the league, the two criticisms people had about his offense were shooting and his left hand. And now he’s cleaned up both those things. "He’s shot it great, obviously (.542 this season). And he even won a game with a left-hand finish the other night. Actually, he said he’s only made one all year, and that’s wrong — he’s made five." Newark Star-Ledger

November 14, 2013 Updates

Though a multitude of Asian media will be on hand, Lin said he doesn’t feel he’s the main attraction in this return to New York. “People have been asking, ‘You think it will be a big deal?’ ’’ Lin told reporters at the shootaround before the Rockets’ 123-117 overtime loss to the 76ers on Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia. “I don’t really think so. People are going to be more excited and more attention will be around Dwight Howard and James [Harden]. They are the face of the franchise. I’m hoping I am a subplot.’’ New York Post

November 12, 2013 Updates

But for one game, a game in which few could shoot straight, Lin came off the bench and gave the Rockets just what they needed, saving them from what would have been the worst of their homestand losses. Lin scored 31 points on 10-of-17 shooting, giving the Rockets just enough of an offensive jolt. “For any player, if you can get the defense at your mercy — if you can hit the shot and drive by them — there is really nothing they can do anymore,” Lin said after scoring more than he has in all but his two 38-point games. “I didn’t really shoot well at all in the first half. We were all in a funk. But then we broke through in the third quarter. “I think I would say from a pure field-goal-attempt standpoint, this is the most aggressive I have been this year. I think once you get in a zone, you are in that zone, and there is nothing that can faze you at that point.” Houston Chronicle

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Chandler Parsons was asked if the players had been told who the starters would be and he sounded almost surprised that McHale had not shared that with the media. "I don’t know why it’s a big surprise," Parsons said. “It’s the same as how the preseason ended.” That means Patrick Beverley will not only make his first opening night roster, he'll be making his first opening night start. “I haven’t had the fortune to play in the NBA on opening night,” Beverley said. “It’s going to be my first. I’m definitely excited.” CSN Houston

October 22, 2013 Updates

As questions continue to swirl about who the Rockets’ starting point guard is this season, Jeremy Lin and Patrick Beverley played several minutes together Monday night. Lin started at point guard and played 33 minutes. Beverley came off the bench and played 26. “I thought (Lin) did a lot of nice things,” coach Kevin McHale said. “He broke people down; he had eight assists. Between he and (Beverley), they had 13 assists and four turnovers. I liked when they were both in the game.” Houston Chronicle

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"It's not like Yao in China," Lin said with a laugh, citing perhaps the only worthy comparison and giving himself a reminder that it has been done before. "The less I know what they are saying or talking about, the better it is for me. I've learned to tune it out a lot. I think I've gotten a lot more focused on what I need to do as a player and not letting all the outside voices come in. Just like the burden and pressures and feeling like I had to do well for this group of people. 'Oh, if I don't do well, what are they going to say? I don't want to let them down.' " Houston Chronicle

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Jeremy Lin easily stole the spotlight as the Houston Rockets practiced on Tuesday for this week's first NBA preseason game in the basketball-obsessed Philippines. Lin was mobbed by reporters and photographers on a Manila basketball court, a day after the Rockets and Indiana Pacers arrived in the Philippine capital for Thursday's game. "I'm excited to play here and in Taiwan," said Lin, the league's first American-born player of Taiwanese descent. "I think the fans don't get a chance to often watch an NBA game live, so hopefully they'll really enjoy the experience and I think we're going to definitely enjoy it as well." USA Today Sports

October 5, 2013 Updates

Not surprisingly, Houston Head Coach Kevin McHale hasn't ruled anything out at this early juncture. “A lot of it’s going to depend on lineups, matchups, and stuff like that,” he says. “We’re going to try a lot of different things. Our lineups are not set in stone by any stretch of the imagination. There’s still guys fighting for starting spots, there’s still guys fighting for playing time and being in the rotation – there’s all kinds of stuff going on. “They both make each other better and they’re both competing very hard against each other knowing that they’re both going to fight for time out there. I really like what I see from both guys. I think Jeremy had a really good summer, Pat had a very good summer, they’re both in great shape, they’re both out here focused and playing well so I think it’s good to have a guy pushing you. “The competition just makes you better.” NBA.com

October 4, 2013 Updates

Lin, who is so often reserved or rehearsed with the media, is as candid as can be throughout. There is a scene of Lin, while talking with a group of kids at a basketball camp after "Linsanity" had died down, saying he wanted to quit the game while he was with the Warriors. Amid rumblings that their decision to sign the undrafted point guard had more to do with marketing than it did his talent, Lin was discouraged. He played 33 minutes the entire month of December 2010. "On Dec. 29, I wrote about how I actually wish I never signed with the Warriors," he tells the children. "'I wish I could quit basketball (he wrote),' because I wasn't having fun." USA Today Sports

As it pertains to the race issue that was pushed to the forefront during his ascent, Lin — who won a Division II California State title with Palo Alto High and was Northern California's player of the year yet received no scholarship offers — says in the film, "Yeah, I have always said if I was black I would have got a D-I scholarship, but that's my personal opinion." He recounts the racist taunts that were hurled his way by fans during AAU games and later during Ivy League play, insults that he's so glad are no longer a significant part of his story. "I don't really experience anything from the players' standpoint (in the NBA), like, 'Oh, he's Asian,' or whatever," he said. "But I think you kind of have to (play well in the league) a little longer to really get other people to believe that you can do it." USA Today Sports

October 3, 2013 Updates

The questions are out there. Was Jeremy Lin just a flash in the pan? Is he the point guard for the new-look Houston Rockets? The buzz of Linsanity has quieted to a whisper. As a result, for the first time in a long time, Lin is in his comfort zone. “I’m where I’ve been my whole life,” he said in a phone interview. “I’m not worried.” Contra Costa Times

Lin, the Bay Area native and former Golden State Warrior, is entering his fourth season out of Harvard. And he’s hoping to recapture the magic by letting it go. No more trying to live up to the standard he set for that historic month in New York. No more trying to justify the three-year, $25 million contract he signed with Houston. No more trying to prove to people they are wrong about him, that he belongs. His mindset now is about enjoying the ride. “Mentally, I’m in a place where I want to enjoy the game more,” Lin said. “I want to enjoy the season more. Just me getting older and realizing, I’m fine. … Everything happened so fast. I haven’t had a chance to really catch my breath completely. It’s something I’m definitely thankful for. I’m learning every year, more and more, to be thankful, to enjoy it. That’s something I don’t think I’ve always done because I’ve been so ambitious.” Contra Costa Times

September 27, 2013 Updates

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