The 2012 NBA Preseason is well underway. For most players, this is just a routine. But for Jeremy Lin, it means a lot more. I watched all of Lin's games last season. I desperately wanted the New York Knicks to re-sign him. But that didn't happen. In July 2012, the Houston Rockets paid Lin big money to be their franchise point guard. Now Lin has to prove his worth. But here are five signs pointing to a forgettable season for Lin.
This is not the start that the Rockets hoped for. After four preseason games, Lin is averaging just 5.7 points and 6.5 assists. He's shooting a dismal 25% from the floor. While this is only the preseason, it's a troubling sign for Lin and the Rockets.
More than six months ago, Lin had knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus. That should have been enough time for Lin to heal. But early in preseason, Lin said that he was "still trying to recover from [the] surgery and get to where [he] was pre-surgery." So either Lin is not prepared, or the injury is more serious than originally reported.
Lin will face huge expectations in the upcoming season. In his first 10 games as a starter with the New York Knicks last season, Lin averaged 23.9 points and 9.2 assists. He made an amazing 50% of his shots during this stretch. The Rockets and their fans will expect nothing less from Lin. These lofty expectations, as unfair as they may be, will add extra pressure on Lin to perform.
In the November 2012 issue of GQ magazine, Lin expressed his love and appreciation for New York. He said that he wanted to play in New York and finish his career there. You have to wonder if Lin will be second-guessing his move to Houston.
From Linsanity to Reality
What if Linsanity was just an incredible run, flash in the pan or aligning of the stars? What if Lin's best performances are behind him? Lin may be just a good player. Unfortunately for the Rockets, they paid for a superstar.
These are five signs pointing to a forgettable upcoming season for Lin. The signs are troubling, but it's early. Only time will tell.
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Edwin Torres was born in New York City. He has been a Knicks fan since the early 1980s. He has visited Madison Square Garden on many occasions to watch the Knicks and his favorite player, Patrick Ewing. For more articles, follow him on Twitter @FlipPoker.
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