Lin Still Recovering From Last Season's Knee Surgery

Lin still dealing with last season's knee injury

10/10/12 in NBA   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Oct 1, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin (7) poses for a portrait during media day at the House of Blues. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIREDespite earlier reports that Rockets' point guard Jeremy Lin was 100% recovered from knee surgery, Lin now concedes that he is still getting his knee back into game shape. Lin injured the knee back in April while playing with the Knicks, and while many fans scorned Lin for not toughing it out in the playoffs, it now seems that he made the right decision.

"My speed and my explosiveness and my agility (are not) there yet," Lin told the Houston Chronicle. "I'm still trying to recover from knee surgery and get to where I was pre-surgery. I probably won't get to play too much (in the preseason). Hopefully, as the preseason goes on, I'll get to play more and more to get that endurance."

Lin's timetable for recovery was set to end months ago, so it's hard to predict just how close he actually is to being in the same physical condition he was in last season. The Rockets are crossing their fingers that Lin can be 100% for the season opener, as their current backup point guard is Toney Douglas, a player Knicks fans wanted out of New York almost as much as Isiah Thomas.

Rockets fans can't be pleased with the lingering effects of Lin's experiences in the Big Apple. First he tells Sports Illustrated that he "preferred New York" to Houston, and now a knee injury he picked up with the Knicks is keeping him from making his debut as a Rocket.

Fortunately, Lin was able to self-identify a ton of his deficiencies over the summer, stating he needs to quit jumping while passing, use "more deception and different angles" on passes, and improve the use of his left hand. After a full offseason of working on those issues, he should be set to put up great numbers in heavy minutes as the Rockets' only decent point guard option - whenever he returns, that is.
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10/11/12   |   autoprt

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when was it reported that lin wouldn't start the season debut?  from the same interview i saw he stated the explosiveness he had before isn't there and more than likely now he is back in real competition and not just summer pick up games he can feel he's not there yet.

last night he started against OKC preseason and did ok but has some work to do but there were flashes of some good play, in the interview i saw he said that as he said he didn't have the quickness but there are 3 weeks left in preseason and by playing he should be ok.  

the reason he isn't playing as much is the coaches want to find out from the other players who will make the roster and who will be going D League.  Lin has no need to play full games in the preseason since he has a guaranteed salary spot. 

this article makes it sound as though he won't be playing and that isn't the case as a reporter you should remain unbiased in your writing.