With the addition of All-Star center Dwight Howard, the Houston Rockets improved from playoff team to NBA title contender during the 2013 offseason. In order to attain those championship aspirations, however, X-factor Jeremy Lin needs to thrive as Houston’s franchise point guard.
The blueprint Lin must follow in order to flourish under head coach Kevin McHale includes a variety instructions. Some are simpler than others.
Honestly speaking, Lin doesn’t need to be the game-changing superstar that he was during February 2012 with the New York Knicks. Instead, he simply needs to keep the boat steady while D12 and James Harden shoulder the load.
Lin fell back to earth last season with the Rockets after a magical run with the Knicks, but that lackluster performance doesn’t have to define him as long as he adjusts his game accordingly.