How Bad Will Jeremy Lin and the Houston Rockets Be This Season?
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On the BS Report today, Bill Simmons and Joe House commented that the Rockets won't be winning more than 27 games, with Simmons predicting that the team will be really bad.
Of course, no knowledgeable basketball fan expected this Houston Rockets squad to be a title contender, but now it's looking like they could be the worst team in the league.
Jeremy Lin's poor preseason play so far hasn't helped. The 23-year-old point guard had just 2 points and 8 assists last night.
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House said he's a fan of Lin, but worries that Lin's body just isn't capable of grinding through an NBA season.
"The backup point guard to Lin would be Shaun Livingston," Simmons quipped, adding that Livingston himself knows a thing or two about knee injuries.
Not everyone has been hard on Lin though. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said on a radio show that Lin could be another Steve Nash.
Cuban said: "The Mavs were the first team to sign him as a free agent, and we loved him. He's a kid that was fearless. He was obviously smart having got into Harvard. He was a lot more athletic than people expected. We really looked at him as a potential as another Steve Nash. We wanted to sign for summer league, wanted to sign him to a contract for the Mavs, but he wanted to go play close to home and he grew up in the Bay Area so he went to sign with the Golden State Warriors and the rest is history. Yeah, he absolutely can [be another Nash]. He's that good. He's got that type of talent."
Still, even Cuban isn't going to predict the Rockets make the playoffs.
By every NBA preseason preview, the Rockets are in the bottom of the league. Could this Rockets squad set the record for worst record ever, at 9-73? After Lin, Omer Asik and Kevin Martin are the only guys who can score.
A Lin/Asik/Martin trio? Not exactly a big three.