Lin still dealing with last season's knee injury
"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.