Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin has been the subject of numerous trade rumors and scenarios this off-season, but now it appears the team are putting their faith in him to be better.
Lin was on the trading block due his big contract and not-so-impressive numbers to go with it. In addition, Lin works best when he is the facilitator of the basketball, with other players such as James Harden and Dwight Howard, Lin is going to get a lot fewer touches.
The 24-year-old turns the ball over a lot, 2.9 times a game, and shot only 44 percent from the floor and 33 percent from the three point arc. He is at his best when driving to the rim, which is Harden's exact game. However, with the addition of Howard being down low drawing double teams, it may allow Lin to be open for the basket more.
"The reality is James (Harden) and Dwight (Howard) want to play with Jeremy and Omer (Asik)," Daryl Morey, the Rockets GM told The Houston Chronicle. "I've been kicked down to assistant GM. They're going to be here."
Howard has embraced his new home of Houston and is trying to be a positive influence and leader to the Rockets as they are an up-and-coming young team.
"I'm going to do whatever I can to make those guys' lives better," Howard said to the paper. "I realize how much they mean to this team."
The initial report before the acquisition of Howard was that Lin and Omer Asik were on the trading block in order to make room for the big man.
Once getting the former Los Angeles Lakers center, the talk was concerning Asik's role, and whether Lin was the right point guard for the job.
He finished the season with 13.4 points per game and 6.1 assists and only ranked in the top 10 in point guards in two categories. He was as low as 46th in field goal percentage, according to the Bleacher Report.
Lin has something to look forward to besides basketball this fall as he is getting a documentary movie made on his rise to superstardom as the polarizing figure of Linsanity.
The movie will be playing in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and a few other select cities beginning on Oct. 4, reported TheUrbanTwist.com.
"Linsanity" already debuted at the Sundance film festival this summer.