Bringing in a young point guard who can score and lead on the court was what the Houston Rockets wanted. They got it in Jeremy Lin. Fans wonder what they must do next. Strangely enough, Lin himself could have the answer.
Lin hints Rockets have talent but not enough NBA experience
Houston was among the more aggressive teams in the 2012 free agency chase. They made moves that experts applauded and moves second-guess. None was bigger than the huge contract offer to fan favorite Lin, creator of the Linsanity craze that saved the season of the New York Knicks. The young man is a model for modern sports. He is humble, well-spoken, intelligent, spiritual and driven. When faced with a question meant to cause an emotional response he always shrugs it off politely. That is what the Rockets wanted to replace their giant figurehead Yao Ming after his retirement. Now it falls to Lin to get the team back to the playoffs. When asked how he could do it the Taiwanese-American was up front and honest. He thinks while Houston has talent to build around the team is also young and inexperienced. One glance at the roster and he's not wrong. Most of the players in the current lineup don't have more than three years of experience. This isn't a problem for Lin who doesn't mind helping the team rebuilt. The question is can the Rockets help him do it?
Manu Ginobili and Lamar Odom have experience in every aspect
Gaining experience is like reading a book. The faster one tries to go through it the more they miss. Becoming a true pro NBA player takes time and hard work. It isn't in line with the sports of today where all the fans want to win immediately. That is why the best option for getting pro experience on a roster is finding it in veteran players. Free agency in 2012 will have plenty of talent but some overlook how much championship smarts will become available too. Bench man and two-time champ Lamar Odom will hit the market after a quick stint in Los Angeles. Perhaps the biggest veteran name that could help Houston is longtime nemesis Manu Ginobili. For years Ginobili helped the Western Conference rival San Antonio Spurs haunt the Houston Rockets in the playoffs. His three NBA championships are living proof of his skill in pro basketball. Since many loyal media think his time in San Antonio may have run its course, the Rockets are foolish to not think about adding him to their young roster.
Jeremy Lin can win in the NBA. He proved that last season. The question now is can he do it from scratch? The Rockets must help him in every way, especially putting respected veterans on their young roster. Lamar Odom is one option but Manu Ginobili is a better one. It will become interested to see what happens.