He took a big step on Tuesday, when he completed his first workout with his new organization.
Lin spoke to almost 40 media members after practice and explained:
‘‘I don’t know if I'm the face of the franchise just yet,’’ Lin said. ‘‘I think we’re a young team and we’re all going to buy in. The thing about us is it’s not going to be any one person that’s going to carry us to where we want to go, it’s going to be everybody. I think it’s so early on, I'm just trying to get to know the guys.’’
Considering it was Lin’s first day of practice with his new squad, there is definitely going to be unfamiliarity with the faces surrounding him.
It was just a few months ago that he was an unheralded deep bench player, before injuries to the New York Knicks’ guards thrust him into a prominent role.
“Linsanity” soon caught on, and it culminated in Houston GM Daryl Morey doling out a three-year, $25.1 million poison pill deal to the restricted free agent at the beginning of the offseason.
After earning that kind of cash, one would say that Lin is anything but “under-the-radar.”
However, the Rockets star views himself and his team as such, according to a report by Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
“We’re not coming into it expecting to lose or expecting to do bad. I think it’s cool that we’re under the radar,” Lin said. “That’s kind of been in some ways a story of my life, going under the radar. I think I’m comfortable there, and I think this team is comfortable where we are.”
Unfortunately for Lin, he’s going to be a player that nearly everyone who follows the NBA—and even folks that don’t—will have their eyes on.
He’s going to be pressured to perform and live up the lofty bar he set for himself during an epic 25-game stretch as the starting PG for the Knicks.
On the bright side, it seems that Lin hasn’t let “Linsanity” get to his head, and the young man is still as humble and hungry as he has ever been.
That’s a great sign for Rockets fans going into the 2012-13 season.