April 14, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin (7) talks to Sacramento Kings point guard Toney Douglas (0) after a game at the Toyota Center. The Rockets defeated the Kings 121-100. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
A summer ago, the city of Houston was ready to welcome in their biggest free agent signing in Jeremy Lin. Now, after a solid, yet inconsistent first season as a Houston Rocket that ended with Lin’s horrendous playoff performance due to injury, the 24-year-old point guard opened up about his experiences when he delivered a testimony in Taiwan.
“I was ready to invigorate the entire city of Houston. I was supposed to save Houston basketball.”
Those profound words were said in front of over 20,000 people as he expressed his frustrations and disappointments in his first full season as an NBA starter. These frustrations ranged from failing to meet the expectations of the Rockets coaching staff, letting Rockets fans down, and most importantly, being disappointed in himself.
“I became so obsessed with becoming a great basketball player … trying to be Linsanity, being this phenomenon that took the NBA by storm. The coaches were losing faith in me, basketball fans were making fun of me.”
Lin started all 82 games and averaged 13 points and 6.1 assists last season. He finished with telling the group that he feels better now because he’s no longer seeking the approval of others.