Jeremy Lin Returning to Houston? Rockets Coach Mike D’Antoni Praises ‘Linsanity’

Jeremy Lin Returning to Houston? Rockets Coach Mike D’Antoni Praises ‘Linsanity’
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Jeremy Lin could become a free agent this summer and is expected to receive offers from several teams after a solid season with the Charlotte Hornets. The Houston Rockets are tipped as one of the possible landing spots for Lin after the squad hired Mike D’Antoni as their head coach.


The Rockets signed D’Antoni to a three-year deal worth $15 million, ESPN reported. Shortly after the announcement, Paper City Mag reported D’Antoni could start looking for a new point guard to run his fast-paced offense in Houston, creating speculation the Rockets will pursue Lin.

Lin, who could opt of the second year of his contract with the Hornets, had his breakout season under D’Antoni during the 2011-12 season. The former Harvard University had a string of impressive performances in 2012, as he averaged 23.9 points and 9.2 assists in 11 games, where the Knicks went 9-2.

When asked about the “Linsanity” moment in New York more than four years ago, D’Antoni heaped praises on Lin. The veteran coach said that more than Lin’s explosion on the offensive end of the floor, the California native made impact with his defense.

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“With Linsanity we had 11 games, if I’m not mistaken, where we were the No. 1 defensive team in the league,” D’Antoni said in an interview with Sports Talk 790. “Nobody says that.”

But when pressed to talk about the possibility of reuniting with Lin, D’Antoni stayed on the safe side, saying he will keep his cards close to his chest until the free agency period begins in July. “We won’t get into that,” D’Antoni said, avoiding violating the league’s rules on tampering.

Lin, who signed a two-year deal with $4.37 million with Charlotte last summer, helped the Hornets finish with a 48-34 record — the franchise’s best regular-season record since returning to the league in 2004. The 27-year-old averaged 11.7 points on top of 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 78 games.

Lin has already expressed desire to opt out of his current contract with the Hornets, but clarified that he is not planning to leave Charlotte. He told Charlotte Observer his first year with the Hornets was the most enjoyable season of his six-year career so far.

“This is the most fun I’ve had in my six years,” Lin said. “Being around a great group of guys and a coaching staff that really cares. I’ve learned so much about the game of basketball, particularly at the defensive end.”

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  • loc vu

    LIN is NOT going back to buzz.
    Now, why would Lin GOING to a city that PURPOSELY marginalized his career?
    Mcidiot and moreyeel disrespected Lin @ every chanced they GET.
    Also, Haren is a useless defensive PLAYER..
    Even, ronald reagan can PLAY better DEFENSE than that worthless haren.! ( rip mr. reagan..)

    • Tuan Nguyen

      This time I think might be different. First everybody now know that Harden is not a player that everybody want to play with. Second, Alexander owner of Houston Rockets had to step up to praise and hire D’Antoni; so Morey and Harden better look out; thing is not the same. D’Antoni is a new coach which is backup by the owner. As a matter of fact, D’Antoni is not the coach that fit for Harden at all; but since the owner the boss of all is willing to backup D’Antoni, Harden and Morey might be fired if they have problem with D’Antoni. I have heard that D’Antoni does not need Harden; but Harden needs him now. Harden is not like Kobe Bryant; he has not brought any title for Houston after 3 years of playing so who the hell is he if he gets attitude. Enough is enough for this ball hogger. If Lin comes there and play well with D’Antoni, I think Houston will trade Harden if he gets attitude toward D’Antoni. Of course D’Antoni will backup 100% for Lin if he decides to go there.

      • loc vu

        Too many scenarios has to be align for lin to shine AGAIN.
        While, I AGREE the owner’s back MDA and moreyeel is put on NOTICED…
        However, haren is still there #1 priority.
        Very iffy scenario, brother!

      • Alan

        If i was the owner i would have fired Morey a long time ago and later the same day gotten rid of Harden and Patrick Beverley. I would like to see Lin reunited with D’ Antoni, but as things are at the present i do not think it would work. I think Harden still has way more say so than he should. Also i would get rid of Patrick Beverley whether Lin went there or not !!!