Jeremy Lin admits he’s been exposed this season

Jeremy Lin is getting ready to play the New York Knicks for the first time since leaving them during the offseason to sign with the Houston Rockets. Naturally, he’s facing plenty of questions from the New York media about his time with the team and his departure. His first game against the Knicks also marks a perfect time to reevaluate the Knicks’ decision to let him go, which is looking like a good one so far.

The Knicks are 8-2 and tied for the best record in the league this season. They have Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd as their new point guards, and both are playing pretty well. Lin, on the other hand, is struggling. He’s averaging 10 points per game and has scored in single figures five of Houston’s last seven games. He hasn’t shot over 37.5% from the field in that span.

Houston is 5-7, which isn’t too far off from what they were expected to do. But there’s little doubt that Lin has been disappointing this season. He even admitted that he has been exposed this season.

“I’ve been exposed a lot early on in the season and have a lot to work on,” Lin said, according to the New York Post. “I’m young. I’ve started 30-something games my entire career. It’s something I have to keep in mind. I’ve felt better before but it’s just a process. We have three days off after (tomorrow) and there’s a lot of things I’m going to do for my leg, knee just explosive stuff we’ll work on.”

Lin makes two good points despite his admission. One, he is a young player who has limited experience. Two, he’s still recovering from his knee injury, which he says has cost him explosion this season. Maybe at some point he will start feeling back to full strength and then we will be able to determine how good he is. His shooting was so bad last week that he sat during the overtime against Portland, and he did not play in the fourth quarter of a win over the Bulls on Wednesday. A 33.3 FG% doesn’t cut it as a point guard unless you’re a spectacular playmaker. He needs to break the slump.

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  • JamesT32

    Way too early to be making serious long-term judgments about Lin or the Rockets, but you’re wrong as I believe most, fairly or not, were expecting a bit more out of Houston than 5-7 at the 12-game mark after the re-tooling of their roster considering last year’s roster could have accomplished what they’ve done so far.  I know he’s missed some games, but I still can’t shake the strong suspicion that Kevin McHale is better suited to be an executive than a coach given that’s the role he fulfilled for so many years in Minnesota and clearly preferred (he said so more than once), regardless of the middling success he had, but whatever, never hard for a person or group of people to convince themselves of something that isn’t true if they really want to believe in it.

  • http://twitter.com/guccijones71 Kennie Jones

    Just keep going,you’ll be fine.They didnt say it would be easy.

  • vern vern

    He was exposed long ago just that the die hard Lin fans wouldn’t accept it!

  • JamesT32

    Exposed long ago?  lol  Really dude, you didn”t even know who he was a year ago.  Bizarre the mindless things people will come on here and offer.