Jeremy Lin News: Houston Rockets Coach Kevin McHale Confirms Linsanity To Come Off Bench On Case-by-Case Basis
(Photo : Reuters) Jeremy Lin, left, has started off solidly in the NBA preseason, but an improving Patrick Beverley, right, could pose a threat to Lin's starting role on the Houston Rockets.
The Houston Rockets will likely feature two starting point guards this season, with Jeremy Lin and Patrick Beverley taking turns as the team's playmaker next season.
The Rockets found themselves in a point guard conundrum after both Lin and Beverley put up decent numbers during their preseason campaign.
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Rockets head coach Kevin McHale admitted there are still things left unanswered after a month of training camp and preseason games, and the Lin-Beverley situation is certainly one of them.
"In all honesty, we well be trying different lineups in November and December," McHale told CBS Sports. "We have so many movable parts on this team, and we still have a lot of decisions to make."
Super-Sub Role - Not Bad
McHale believed there's nothing much difference between a starter and bench player, insisting that he also came off the bench a lot in his career but still put up immense numbers for the Boston Celtics.
"As a player, I always found it irrelevant," McHale told the Los Angeles 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."
Lin, who averaged 13.4 points, 6.1 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 82 starts for the Rockets last season, also thought that coming off the bench is not really a bad role. The former Harvard hotshot believed having two capable point guards will make the Rockets harder to scout.
"We have different strengths," Lin said. "[Beverley] is such a good defender and shooter. I am better with the ball in my hands, attacking. I think that makes us tough to scout, and it gives us the opportunity to give a lot of different looks."
Beverley turned heads with an impressive outing in the Rockets' first-round loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder during the playoffs in May.
Feeling It From The Outside
Lin said his long range shooting has improved greatly from the past two seasons. Lin shot 37.5 percent from beyond the arc last season and further sharpened his shooting in the offseason.
"It's smoother," Lin told the Houston Chronicle. "It was a conscious decision. We worked on it in the offseason to make it more natural. I rely on my shooting coach a lot. This is an evolution of it. You can't do too much change at one time."
Despite Lin likely taking a reserve role on a case-by-case basis, the Rockets are still hoping he will contribute big for them this season.