Jeremy Lin Rumors, News & Updates: 'Linsanity' Says Dwight Howard is a 'Deadly Player' to Get Championship
Jeremy Lin has admitted that his game has "a lot of holes", but the point guard confirms this season the Houston Rockets will be out to get the title.
Lin, who will be playing his second year with the Rockets, revealed that he did struggle to live up to the expectation set by the people around him coming into the team. The Harvard standout's first year with Houston came off the heels of his "Linsanity" season with the New York Knicks, where he led the team to consecutive wins and even brought the team to the Playoffs.
However, at the Rockets media day on Friday, the player said he has learned from all these and is ready to move on.
"I think learning to manage expectations, learning to deal with expectations, learning which voices to tune out, that takes time...You have to fail at it to get where you want to get to," the Houston Chronicle noted. "I hope I'm better at it. I've had such a wide spectrum from literally no expectations to every expectation. Now it's gone back down to lower expectations."
Dwight Howard also echoed the same sentiments. According to the newly acquired Rockets center, negativity can't get the best of them this NBA season.
"Being at the NBA, being at the top, you're going to get scrutinized for a lot of different things," the former L.A. Laker told the media. "The main thing you have to do is try to stay away from it as much as possible...If you get caught up in the good, bad and the ugly, it messes you up as a person and as a player. I think some of that happened with me last year. I allowed the bad stuff that happened to really sit in my head. I pushed myself away from people and different situations. That's not who I am. You have to stay away from that negativity or whatever it may be and just focus on the task at hand."
With Howard in the team, the Rockets have a renewed vigor to push for a trophy this year. As a matter of fact, in an interview with ESPN's "The Ian O'Connor Show", J. Lin said that they "can be deadly" this year with Dwight in the team.
"I think Dwight Howard himself is already pretty deadly of a player," he noted. "For us, it's just a matter of getting on the same page and buying into the system, and I think adding [Howard] as a piece to the puzzle, it's incredible."
"If everything jells together in an ideal situation, I think we can be a championship contender for sure," he added in the interview.
As for Howard, this is the only thing that matters.
"We want a championship," Howard told the media. "That's the only thing that matters."