Mike D’Antoni’s entry in Houston Rockets as head coach gave birth to a rumor which swirled for months. Should the Rockets pursue Jeremy Lin in free agency?
D’Antoni was coaching in New York Knicks when “Linsanity” rocked the NBA circuit. The former Knicks coach stayed in touch with Jeremy Lin for the past two years building up a close bond with the point guard.
The Rockets are not in Kevin Durant’s free agency meeting’s list. Among the other big names in free agency, there will be tough competition for Al Horford and Mike Conley. Moreover Conley is expected to re-sign with the Memphis Grizzlies, as reported by the Dreamshake.com. The Asian-American star is the best available point guard after Conley.
But is Lin hesitant to return to Houston? The flamboyant star with a huge fan-base displayed stellar show as a back-up guard with the Charlotte Hornets last season. He will be heavily pursued once free agency officially starts on July 1.
Is Lin hesitant about a reunion with D’Antoni? Not really. One will surely remember his ugly breakup with the Rockets two years back when the Rockets posted Carmelo Anthony’s photo wearing Lin’s jersey in a bid to sign the All-Star. Such PR campaign did upset the point guard and it remains to be seen whether he would look past that disrespect to return at Houston.
James Harden could well be another reason for Lin’s reluctance to don Rockets’ colors again. Lin failed to develop a back-court chemistry with Harden which forced head coach Kevin MacHale to replace Mike Beverley at the point guard position.
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