Jeremy Lin News: How Did First Workout With Houston Rockets Go?
Can Lin surpass the 14.6 points and 6.2 assists per game that he averaged last season with the Knicks this season with the Rockets? (Photo: Facebook / houstonrockets)
Jeremy Lin went through his first workout with the Houston Rockets on Tuesday, according to reports, and it was just as Lin-sane as his time with the New York Knicks.
A tidal wave of media crowded him at the Toyota Center, bombarding him with questions that included asking him what it was like to potentially be the face of the franchise already.
"I don't know if I'm the face of the franchise just yet," Lin said. "I think we're a young team and we're all going to buy in. The thing about us is it's not going to be any one person that's going to carry us to where we want to go, it's going to be everybody. I think it's so early on, I'm just trying to get to know the guys."
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Lin was right. He met most of his new teammates for the first time on Tuesday, just trying to make a good first impression despite his documented friendly personality and the success he enjoyed last season. At the same time, Lin understood that he was still just 24 years old and acknowledged that he still has much more to learn about himself and being a part of a rebuilding, young team.
"Last year, I actually had a real season under my belt, where I got to play and see what works and doesn't work," he said. "Definitely, you want to lead by example, more so this year than last year, or the year before, coming in as a non-guaranteed guy. Now, there's more stability, so I need to be more of a vocal leader and hopefully lead through work ethic and example."
Lin, who signed a three-year, $25 million contract with Houston over the summer after the team ironically waived him last December, arrived in his new city to begin his new journey on Monday. Since early April, he had been recovering in his native California from surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee and said Tuesday that he was back to playing basketball by June. He dunked once again in July, has continued to train and lost 10 pounds in the process.
"I feel good, I feel healthy," he said. "I feel lighter. I'm excited."