A cursory glance at Jeremy Lin's numbers through the first month of the 2012-13 NBA season would suggest that the Houston Rockets made a mistake. For a noteworthy investment of $25.1 million over three years, the Rockets have thus far seen a player whose scoring and shooting are down, whose rebounds are slightly up and whose assist and turnover stats have held relatively steady, for better or worse.
But to gloss over these early returns and assume that Linsanity was nothing more than a flash in the pan is to ignore the circumstances that often dictate the difference between success and failure in the minds of the NBA's viewing public. As Matt Moore of CBSSports.com recently noted, moving into a new role on a new team in a new city is not a seamless process and often requires a length adjustment period, even for All-Stars like Andre Iguodala.
Lin certainly isn't on Iggy's level, and may never be, which, in a way, makes his seemingly slow acclimation more understandable. Throw in a lethargic recovery from a knee operation that ended Lin's celebrated tenure with the New York Knicks, and the lackluster start, if not excusable, falls well within reason.
Still, why, amidst all this apparent evidence to the contrary, would anyone think that Lin is anything more than a flash in the pan who's long lost his magical touch? Allow me to explain...