Jeremy Lin: Breaking Down Why Linsanity Will Disappoint Rockets Fans in 2012-13

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Jeremy Lin: Breaking Down Why Linsanity Will Disappoint Rockets Fans in 2012-13
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Jeremy Lin is not the source of all that is wrong with the Houston Rockets.

But he is part of the problem.

Because in no way, shape or form will Lin meet the expectations that were set for him when he signed a three year deal worth more than $25 million, there's simply no way Lin doesn't disappoint the Rockets and their fans.

And that's the franchise's own fault.

We can't knock—at least not entirely—the organization for picking up Lin. Though owner Leslie Alexander was his biggest supporter, there's no denying the point guard was shrouded in general intrigue.

The prospect of taking a chance on a possible star, an overnight sensation with an uncertain ceiling is invigorating and has the potential to pay huge dividends, both on and off the court.

But only if said prodigy is put in the right situation, under picture-perfect circumstances.

Which Lin wasn't, which he isn't and which is why he will fall short of the astronomical bar that has been set for him.

Because we've watched him struggle. We've seen how much further he still has to travel before he is considered a legitimate pillar.

While we like to believe the preseason means nothing, Lin's averages of five points, 6.2 assists and 2.4 steals on 22.2 percent shooting per game mean something. 

And it's nothing good.

Lin cannot be held to this standard on a regular basis.

Yet Lin's statistical shortcomings are nothing knew. Even at his peak with the New York Knicks, he struggled to remain efficient and protect the ball.

That's all a part of maturing, though. One must go through the motions, make mistakes and experience failure before he can succeed.

Despite his run in New York, Lin has yet to do that.

Bear in mind the hoopla that was Linsanity hasn't changed the reality that he is still a budding 24-year-old with less than 40 games of legitimate, purposeful professional experience under his belt.

He is still learning how to break down defenses, how to dribble through traffic, how to maneuver on the weak side and how to move while defending.

Simply put, Lin is still raw.

The same Lin with whom the Rockets replaced two starting caliber point guards in Goran Dragic and Kyle Lowry. The same Lin who Houston is asking to lead a postseason worthy cause.

The same Lin who is incapable of immediately and adequately doing any of that.

Lin is still raw

And it doesn't come down to doubting his abilities, because the kid can play. But right now, on a Rockets roster with just two players over the age of 27, on a docket void of leadership, Lin is a boy amongst boys, who has been asked to be a man.

But it doesn't work like that. Lin needs to be mentored, he needs to be led as he is not yet fit to lead. Which is why the Knicks originally brought in Jason Kidd. They knew Lin needed time, they knew he needed a voice in his ear.

And so did the Rockets. They just chose to ignore it

Lin is not savior, nor is he a hero, he's a promising talent with the potential to eventually, one day, be something more.

That's also his greatest pitfall. Not the turnovers, not the poor shooting, not his defensive deficiencies, not his knee rehabilitation, but his natural progression as a player, something Houston turned a blind eye, a deaf ear and an open checkbook to.

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And now the Rockets are left to ponder the potential ramifications of their borderline ignorance.

Did they make the right decision? Can they survive with Lin as the primary point guard? Will he ever meet the lofty ceiling that was suddenly set for him? 

To put it bluntly, no, they didn't make the right decision, they can't survive with him running the show and he'll likely never even graze his unjustifiable ceiling.

Because Lin is never going to succeed in Houston.

Not as long as the Rockets are expecting him to be someone he's not.

Someone he can't.

 

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