Jeremy Lin came into prominence in New York during the ‘Linsanity’ era. Buried deep on the bench it was Mike D’Antoni who tagged him to take over his high tempo offense. The next year he arrived in Houston, but the marriage was short lived as Lin left H-Town unhappy due to his tense relationship with GM Daryl Morey. But, with D’Antoni at the helm and Lin a free agent could the master and student be headed toward a reunion?
To wit, soon after he was formally welcomed to Clutch City. Mike D’Antoni joined Houston base Sports Talk Radio 790 AM, in which he discussed his new team, the challenges they face, and his philosophy as a head coach.
As D’Antoni vowed to recreate the exciting and high-pace offense he possessed with the Phoenix Sun, he began to reminisce that the New York Knicks was the last team who successfully executed his plan. D’Antoni said that the rise of Jeremy Lin played a huge factor in his success in the Big Apple.
With a new era of basketball on the horizon in Houston coupled with Lin entering free agency this summer according to Bleacher Reporters’ Ric Bucher, there is a strong possibility that D’Antoni could reunite the Houston Rockets with their former point guard this summer.
When he came to Houston four years ago, no one knew what to expect from him as the “cornerstone” for the rebuilding Rockets. That changed after the trade for James Harden, as it immediately reduced his role. However, Lin was still a solid player.
Sure, he failed to live up to the expectations, but like Darren Yuvan of The Dream Shake stated, “Linsanity was at it’s best under Mike D’Antoni.”
After his magical run on Broadway in 2012, Lin has spent the last four years playing for three different teams. Most recently, as a backup point guard with the Charlotte Hornets.
With his career standing in jeopardy at the start of the season, Lin did a great job of rejuvenating his career. He averaged 11.7 points and 3.0 assists as he helped the Hornets push the Miami Heat to the brink of elimination this postseason.
Although he and the Hornets have expressed mutual interest in resigning for next season, Charlotte has a few other free agents they must take care of first. Nic Batum has been earmarked as the most important free agent to retain which will likely edge near a max contract. Unfortunately, this may leave Lin as the odd man out in Charlotte.
In an event that Lin does return to Clutch City. He and Daryl Morey must fix their broken relationship, which caused for his ugly divorce three years ago. Remember when Houston tried to pursue Carmelo Anthony, and the images in front of the Toyota Center showed Melo bearing Lin’s number seven?
Though Lin played as a back-up in Charlotte the Hornets greatest success came when Lin and Kemba Walker played on the same unit as it offered two guards with the ability to drive or hit from the perimeter. A deadly combination.
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If Houston were to target Lin to return to form a new starting backcourt with Harden the combination could prove to be even deadlier. More importantly it would offer an additional play maker on the court. Something the Houston Rockets are in desperate need of.
Only time will reveal what will happen to Lin this summer, but it’s going to be fun to watch. Say what you want about Lin’s possible return to Houston, but personally, I would not mind if Lin rejoined the Rockets.
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