I'm glad Jeremy admitted he's not 100%. I could tell just by watching the short clips from first few days of camp. However, you could see him getting quicker and stronger as the week went by.
Ultimate Rockets » Lin admits he’s still working his way back from knee injury
This would add much speculation but, again, i wouldn't be much worried.ReplyDelete
He's talking about his physical condition and it's normal. He hasn't played since the surgery so he could not be the Lin of Linsanity yet. Hopefully in the longer term he'll be better....
Don'tthink he was talking about ache in the ankle...
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I read that, last Sunday, the Lakers lost to the Warriors by 27 points (83-110) and the Heat lost to the Hawks by 13 points (79-92), so it's nothing to worry about. Those two great teams were giving a lot of minutes to their worst players to practice.
The Rockets may be hinting to the fans not to expect too much from the preseason games, because it appears they also don't plan to give it their all, for preseason games that are essentially a higher level of practice games.
Agree. Im not worried either. Basicly he is just realistic about his condition. He knows hes not a 100% so he says it and he works on it. It would be greeat to see him vicotorious in preseason games but preseason games are just preseason games :)Delete
Lakers and Heat are veteran teams, so they don't need to see the starters since they already know what they can do. Rox is in a different situation, they don't know what these young players can and cannot do well together yet in a real game.
I believe McHale even mentioned this in his last interview:
“I think (Wednesday night) will be interesting,” McHale said. “I don’t know how valuable, but it will be interesting.”
OKC may not play their starters a lot. They know what they can do, they probably want to see what their secondary players can do. So it may be that Rox starters may play more against OKC's secondary unit. So very likely Rox has a chance of winning, but that win will be meaningless.
I agree that preseason games may not be indicative of regular season performance and most of the time they are not, especially on a team level. On an individual level, the link, especially for young players is usually also weak. The fan inside me however thinks in terms of positional match ups and is continuously reminded of how every PG last year treated Jlin as if he were the best PG in the world and the man to beat. I can't wait to see how Westbrook matches up against JLin and whether PGs still have a passion to take down JLin!Delete
Yes, other teams, and especially the other starting PGs, will still be motivated to bring Jeremy Lin down. Because, unfortunately, the reason for their motive will still exist: They don't want to hear about it in the media, how "the undrafted scrub not too long ago" has outplayed them. The angle generates more revenue for the media, but makes a lot of players and fans hate Lin.
However, players must be careful NOT to play every match up against the team with Lin on it's roster as if it's the 7th game of the NBA finals, because their bodies must last for 82 games - or for as many as possible. I saw first hand how Rondo played one of the best game (if not the best in 2012) against Lin and the Knicks, only to have one of the worst game in his CAREER the next game! But the WORST EXAMPLE I saw so far was how Derrick Rose played against Lin on March 12, 2012: I knew without reading anything (but since confirmed) that Rose was on an absolute mission to destroy Lin - and he got Karma for such a hateful attitude, that was BEYOND being competitive. Here are REVEALING & INTERESTING articles about Derrick Rose in that match up:
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120319/sports/703199631/ "Rose said the injury happened in the first half of the March 12 game against New York when his shot was blocked by Jeremy Lin".
http://espn.go.com/chicago/nba/story/_/id/7761735/chicago-bulls-derrick-rose-said-believes-return-court-regular-season-ends "Rose..... injured his groin in a March 12 game against the New York Knicks and admitted there was some bleeding in the area AFTER the contest."
"After a first half where the Knicks [were winning], where Rose shot only 5-for-15 to score 13 points with only two assists, Rose scored 19 on 14 shots in the second half and added five more assists. Rose got notably more physical with Lin, throwing his entire body into Lin's mid-section when Lin over-anticipated a shot after getting punked by one of Rose's stepbacks."
Lin had five fouls on the night, putting him in a position to matador Rose on a fastbreak layup in the fourth quarter to avoid getting fouled out. Rose threw his body at Lin numerous times when Lin wanted to get into space, slowing down a potentially dangerous Knicks offense. When Lin got threw, Rose didn't hesitate to hack a couple of times when the help wasn't in place -- and Rose got his money's worth on those fouls, bringing Lin looking close to getting bleedy again."
http://basketball.realgm.com/article/222413/Rose_Needs_To_Dial_Down_Intensity_To_Sustain_Long_Term_Health [Title:] Rose Needs To Dial Down Intensity To Sustain Long-Term Health July 17, 2012
".... when a teammate in the locker room alerted the hobbled Rose about Linsanity and that analysts had already begun to mention Lin among the upper-echelon point guards, Rose became enraged and flatly stated, 'When do we play [the Knicks] next?' ”
Re: The March 12th game oppoisite Lin: "...... Rose had to be furious that he suffered yet another injury. This time, it was his groin. He pulled it in the first half but continued to play at his top gear until the final buzzer. From start to finish, teammates knew Rose wanted to prove a point against Lin on national television."
"Here was Rose in mid-March, so focused with his competitive juices flowing. He could only think about besting Lin in their head-to-head matchup while propelling the Bulls to an emphatic win. From the outset of that 104-99 Bulls’ victory on March 12, Rose looked to be on a mission and was as charged up as he had been all season long – draped over Lin’s jersey defensively, pushing the ball in transition at every opportunity on offense, and racking up a season-high 29 shot attempts for 32 points."
P.S. - For those who don't know: Derrick Rose wasn't able to compete in any more games since that game with Lin on March 12, 2012 all the way to even now - *except* the single game in the playoff against Phila 76ers, where his knee gave out.Delete
Sounds like in this instance, the opposition PG Rose went Kamikaze style! I hope that players and especially PGs realise that it does take that much effort to stop this JLin guy and that there is no embarrassment to be outplayed by JLin because JLin is definitely is not just a d-league player!Delete
People may put a target on Lins back. But - Lins confidence level is insane. The way Diepenbrock describes it is: "he can be a cutthroat".
The way I see it -> People put a target on Lins back and Lin puts a target on everyone elses back :)
"Jeremy swiped his hand away," he says. "It was like, 'Get the [bleep] away from me.' And that moment, man -- that was Jeremy. He's a nice guy, but he's cut-throat."Delete
The nice guy swears, too, when it is called for.
That was a great article; I'd not read it before. Thanks.... Yep, Lin is a humble guy, but he's confident and competitive alright! It's a unique blend (but others come to mind), whereas, most players are mean and competitive.
Daily joint maintenance is very important, Jeremy Lin can know the method of health care, I wish him good health.ReplyDelete
Why risk injury to their best players when the games don't even count. The best teams (Lakers, Heat) smartly didn't play their top stars much.Delete
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OKC expected to play its regulars no more than 16 - 18 mins.Delete
I wish him good health as well but the best thing he can do to risk injury is to play less like Derrick Rose and play more like Ray Allen or Steve Nash. Doesn't matter how well you take care of your body, if you keep getting hit like that, you're not going to have a long career.Delete
That concern me too. He attacks the rim too much. I wish he could be more careful and just hits jumpers and be an amazing assist man... But that's his style of play that's why he's still loved from all people out there. We can just pray he's gonna be fit and healthy for the rest of his carreerDelete
Yeah, hopefully he FB learn to play smarter and use his skills and smarts, instead of his speed. As he gets older it will be hard to outrun and outjump all the players in the league.Delete
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Jeremy Lin says if he were to guess about his playing time tonight he'd play around 15-20 mins. Which is prob about what starters can expect.
Can't wait for tonight's game!
"...Jeremy Lin was rounding into form as training camp moved along and that his quickness seemed to incrementally be returning as he continues to regain strength and explosion following offseason knee surgery. It should come as no surprise, then, that Lin said Tuesday his primary personal goal for this preseason is simply to get himself peaking at 100 percent full health in time for the Rockets’ regular season opener October 31 in Detroit."
I hope and pray that he Lin doesn't have a chronic knee condition that keeps getting worse like Brandon Roy does. I notice he's been wearing some sort of knee braces since playing at Harvard.ReplyDelete
I don't expect Jeremy to go full-speed in tonight's game since he's still rounding up to full form. So don't get disappointed if we don't see a lot of highlights. Let's temper our expectations a bit and let him find his form. He'll probably try to set up his teammates more and hit open shots.ReplyDelete
I got curious to see what Jeremy was like in 2011 camp that made Coach McHale said Jeremy was not in full form this time. So I found a ClutchFans clip showing how dominant he was on both ends of the floor.
Houston Rockets Scrimmage - 12/15/2011 - Part 2/2
LOL It's smart to say that he is not 100%. Lin and the Rockets organization will be able to use that as an excuse if he disappoints... It's the smart thing to say.ReplyDelete
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Anyone know where to watch the OKC vs Rockets game streaming soon? Lot of people don't live near the Houston region with Comcast.ReplyDelete
I heard frontrowsport.euDelete
Nah that doesn't work however I found a site that has it streaming live can't wait!Delete
Get NBA League Pass. Watch tonight's game on broadband, nice experience. Friday's game against the Hornets will be on League pass TV.Delete
For those overseas you can get League pass international.
Go to Clutchfan site, they have a whole bunch of links under the Where to watch headerReplyDelete
4 assists in 10 minutes gj Lin, especially that pass to Chandler and Asik.ReplyDelete
He's kind of lacking in his explosiveness to the rim since he's just been slowly running around but he's been keeping the ball on the ground a lot more. Still getting double teamed but its leaving gaps, great 2 steals on KD and WB. Surprised Toney Douglas isn't doing so bad as a PG, its more of Delfino missing shots, D-Mo TO and lack of defense and a leader when the starters are resting. There is a lack of defensive rebounding tonight when Asik is gone and this is where White is going to come in and shine. I think White will be the key to the bench but definitely a good start to a tough match.