NBA Rumors: Houston Rockets Give Jeremy Lin Best Chance to Succeed

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVJuly 5, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 21: Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks lays up a shot over Elton Brand #42 of the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center on March 21, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Knicks won 82-79. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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A move to the Houston Rockets for Jeremy Lin would be beneficial for both sides and would reap future success for the franchise and the young international icon.

Even though Linsanity swept the entire nation throughout the middle of the 2011-12 regular season, it's been quelled significantly since. Although, talks of a possible deal to Houston have the Rockets organization feeling "Lincredible." 

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle announced via Twitter that Lin and the Rockets would meet Wednesday to discuss the possibility. 

Rockets will visit with Jeremy Lin tomorrow in Houston, according to source.

— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) July 3, 2012

This deal makes perfect sense.

Think about the situation surrounding the New York Knicks when Lin was pushed into a starter's role. No Carmelo Anthony. No Amar'e Stoudemire.

He had very little offensive firepower to work with, which resulted in him being the top offensive option. Not only did he use that flexibility and attention to score 25 points night in and night out, but more importantly, he won games. 

Lin didn't exactly fall off production-wise when Melo and Stoudemire were inserted back into the lineup, but he was never the same. It was obvious that the Knicks' priority was to make Lin a solid point guard who could pass the ball, play defense, hit threes and occasionally drive.

Linsanity was no fluke. It was hard for me to believe in the guy after just a few games, but hanging 38 in a win against the Lakers at the peak of the national spotlight and continuing with perennial 25-point games through a long winning streak helped to sway the public's opinion.

Although it was what he did after the Knicks got healthy (I use that word relatively) that proved his worth. It proved that he's still a threat to score 20 points and still dish out assists alongside a strong team.

But if Lin wants to return to elite status, and prove that he's one of the best point guards in the game, he'll need to enter an atmosphere that allows him to take the shots he needs.

The Knicks still have a chance to offer any sheet sent Lin's way since he's a restricted free agent, but Houston will be crossing their collective fingers. 

He may not win titles there, he may not even make the playoffs every year, but joining forces with the Rockets will be the best decision Jeremy Lin has ever made—well, besides deciding not to quit the sport of basketball.