After being waived by the Houston Rockets last December, Jeremy Lin is returning to the same team that cut him. But this time, he’s logged in as the starting point guard and potentially the face of the franchise.
However, last year's phenom isn’t letting all the attention get to his head quite yet.
"I don't know if I'm the face of the franchise just yet," Lin said. "I think we're a young team and we're all going to buy in. The thing about us is it's not going to be any one person that's going to carry us to where we want to go, it's going to be everybody. I think it's so early on, I'm just trying to get to know the guys."
With Kyle Lowry and Goran Dragic shipped out of Houston, Lin should get plenty of opportunities to prove that last year was no fluke. After tearing his meniscus in his left knee last year, Lin knows that he still has quite a bit to prove as a player and leader.
"Last year, I actually had a real season under my belt, where I got to play and see what works and doesn't work," he said. "Definitely, you want to lead by example, more so this year than last year, or the year before, coming in as a non-guaranteed guy. Now, there's more stability, so I need to be more of a vocal leader and hopefully lead through work ethic and example."
According to Lin, he has already dropped ten pounds and is feeling lighter and quicker than even last season.