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Jeremy Lin is a polarizing figure in the NBA world. Some love him. Others loathe him.
But, make no mistake: His Houston Rockets teammates love playing with him.
His style of play is an entertaining one. He likes to get up and down the floor, keep things moving and sustain a high-energy pace to the game. Not only is that a popular brand of basketball for the fans to watch, but it is fun for his fellow Rockets to follow his lead.
Both in New York and now in Houston, seemingly everybody besides Carmelo Anthony has enjoyed running alongside Lin.
And let's not discount how difficult it can be for somebody like Lin, who dominated headlines during his time in The Big Apple, to become the go-to guy this offseason in Houston only to relinquish that role just four days before the season.
Lin was expected to take on the lead role for Kevin McHale's squad. When James Harden was acquired, those plans went out the window.
Harden was brought in to take over as Houston's new shooting guard. Lin went from being the focal point to being second fiddle. The Rockets were hopeful that Lin would be able to build on the success he achieved in New York. However, the Rockets expected that Harden would be able to seamlessly become the alpha dog.
But that has not diminished Lin's role on the team by any means. A point guard, like a catcher in baseball or a quarterback in football, must be respected by his peers in order to be able to organize them as a unit.
Not only is Lin respected, he is popular. His teammates like him. His teammates like each other.
The Rockets have had great chemistry in 2012-2013, and it is a big reason for the success they have had.
Lin, with his child-like exuberance for the game, is the catalyst behind Houston's chemistry.