Good teams never stop trying to upgrade their roster. That was why the Houston Rockets were so aggressive in free agency and should stay that way. While Jeremy Lin is a key piece going forward, can the team bring in some extra help for him?
Lin not sticking with New York Knicks had nothing to do with talent
Questions keep flying about why after a successful rescue of a season that the New York Knicks would let Lin walk in free agency. His youth and early promise should have easily overridden any fears about the torn meniscus in his knee. Some thought it was thanks to team star Carmelo Anthony giving off vibes that he didn’t want Lin back. While those theories have some weight they are also not very likely. In truth the best reason for New York to let the Linsanity go came down to the same reason all good players leave a team: money. An ESPN interview explains that the type of game Lin played didn’t fit with the Knicks stars and when the Houston Rockets offered him a huge contract during free agency, New York had two legitimate reasons to let the young point guard follow his dream in a new city. None of the decision had to do with whether Lin was any good. In fact Knicks head coach Mike Woodson said more than once he wanted him back. Such is the way business in sports goes. So the question falls to Houston on how they can help Lin get the Rockets back to winning.
Derek Fisher showed NBA value with Oklahoma City Thunder
Part of becoming a star isn’t about talent or knowledge of the game. Half the battle in winning games is having command of the floor and the huddle during timeouts. Lin was too young for that when he took the reins over in New York. In Houston people will expect that and more. It comes down to whether he is a leader. No one questions his effort or heart. Many experts think he is great for basketball. He is humble, soft-spoken but driven to play great. All he needs is some help honing his voice as a leader. Looking at the list of NBA free agents left, few names pop out except for one. Derek Fisher never gets much credit for how good of a player he was in his prime. However when people look at his history they would marvel. He wasn’t an All-Star but the 16-year veteran helped lead the Los Angeles Lakers to five world championships. During that time he earned a reputation as a locker room voice everyone listened to, including the stars. That voice was on display again when the 37-year-old helped the Oklahoma City Thunder reach the Finals. If anyone has the smarts and experience to teach Lin how to play and lead well, it is Fisher.
Jeremy Lin wants to prove he can take the Houston Rockets to where he helped the New York Knicks get. He just needs some help. Derek Fisher won’t do the job himself, but the NBA veteran showed with the Oklahoma City Thunder that point guards who can lead find ways to win.