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What must Lin do to earn your approval, B/R readers?
Following last season, B/R's Adam Fromal put the writing on the wall.
He listed 10 reasons why Jeremy Lin would never live up to fans' expectations, "even if he will be a solid player in his prime." Fromal can rightly be called a prophet.
Fast forward to this season: Lin is having a decent year for the Houston Rockets, and regardless of how well he plays, a short scroll through a comments section reveals a whole lot of "hate" for the young sensation.
Whenever evaluating Houston Rockets' game grades, readers frequently comment that Lin is being graded too high, no matter the grade. To them, it seems Lin just can't perform well enough, and that sampling is a pretty good indicator of the fans' sentiment around the NBA.
Lin has posted 12 points per game and dished out 6.4 assists per contest, but due to his breakout performance in New York, everyone just expected far more.
Twelve and six isn't too shabby, and though there are plenty of areas in which Lin could improve, it's important to remember he has now played a total of just 94 games.
Lin has essentially just passed through the equivalent of his rookie season, and last time I checked, his stats aren't too bad for a second-year player.