There is no question Jeremy Lin struggled at times last season with the Houston Rockets. Lin said he really struggled with the fame from Linsanity.
Lin even said the coaches lost faith in him.
I became so obsessed with becoming a great basketball player … trying to be Linsanity, being this phenomenon that took the NBA by storm,” Lin told a crowd of approximately 20,000 at the Dream Big, Be Yourself youth conference in Taipei, Taiwan.
“The coaches were losing faith in me; basketball fans were making fun of me. … I was supposed to be joyful and free, but what I experienced was the opposite. I had no joy, and I felt no freedom.”
Lin admitted during the youth conference that he placed extremely high expectations on himself upon joining the Rockets.
“I was ready to invigorate the entire city of Houston,” he said. “I was supposed to save Houston basketball.”
It will be interesting to see how Lin performs this season. There are big expectations for the Rockets who just added Dwight Howard. When you look at the stats, there isn’t that much difference between his Linsanity moments with the Knicks compared to last year with the Rockets.