The Houston Rockets enter the 2013 NBA season feeling pretty good about themselves. Coming off of a playoff appearance a year ago, the Rockets only improved this offseason. In fact, they improved in a big way.
Obviously getting themselves a center like Dwight Howard will do wonders for their team on both sides of the floor — or at least that’s the hope.
But, one area where they believe they are strongest is at point guard. Both Jeremy Lin and Patrick Beverly have shown unique traits and given reason why they could both be a starting point guard in this league.
Head coach Kevin McHale had a difficult time explaining his thoughts regarding the two guards. He said that his Rockets now have ”two starting point guards,” which apparently doesn’t mean anything because they could both spend some time together on the floor.
“As a player, I always found it irrelevant,” said McHale, according to the LA Times. ”I came off the bench in a lot of games. What is the big difference in playing 27½ minutes off the bench and playing 26 minutes as a starter? I guess it is a big deal to some people.”
Having been questioned in regards to Lin’s current situation and whether or not Beverly could wind up starting, McHale seems to not want to answer the question; almost as if he is trying to be the nice guy and doesn’t want to hurt Lin’s feelings.
Let’s be honest here. Beverly is the better athlete and defender, and looks like a better fit long-term. One of the more logical reasons for McHale showing belief in Lin could be the fact that he wants to protect his reputation, having been one of the main factors in bringing Lin to Houston and them signing him to a pretty lucrative contract.
When it’s all said and done, Beverly should be the starter. But, that’s up to McHale. As for his opinion on the matter, well, we’re not going to try and figure out his motives anymore at this point. Rather, let him say what he wants and hope to find his reasoning while watching his two guards play this season.