Why in the world people think Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin can lead a team to an NBA title baffles me. This is one of the most overrated and fundamentally unsound players in the entire league, yet everyone says “oh, he’s the next big thing.” Call me crazy, but I just don’t see it. The Rockets’ loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night is a prime example of why Houston needs to start looking elsewhere for their franchise ball-handler.
Lin had 12 points but just two assists in the contest, which included the entire Rockets team getting outscored by two last-minute D-League call-ups for Minnesota. Coming into the game, the Timberwolves were without seven of their players, which meant they only had seven total to suit up. D-Leaugers Chris Johnson and Mickael Gelabale were called up to fill out the roster, but ended up not only playing a big part of the game, but proving the Rockets are nowhere near ready for playoff contention. Johnson and Gelabale scored 23 combined points in the fourth quarter of the contest while Houston scored 20 altogether.
Lin was benched to start the second half, but played even worse than he did in the first after his return. To say Rockets coach Kevin McHale is frustrated with his point guard has to be an understatement, so Houston’s brass needs to get a clue and start planning for a future that doesn’t include Lin.
Contrary to popular belief, Lin and Rockets superstar James Harden cannot coexist on offense and that fact, combined with Lin’s incredible inconsistency, is enough to drive any head coach nuts, especially during an embarrassing loss. Fixing inconsistency is one thing, but playing like a leader, especially in times of trial, is another. Put simply, Lin can never fit those two bills.