Jeremy Lin: Benching “is not that big of a deal”

October 30, 2013

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So much for Linsanity.

Patrick Beverley will start for the Houston Rockets in their season opener tonight against the Charlotte Bobcats. High-priced former phenom Jeremy Lin will not. Lin and other teammates confirmed as much, with the Rockets going with the lineup they used at the end of preseason.

“I have known for a while, so it is not really a surprise for me,” Lin said (via the Houston Chronicle). “I think for me, I am just focused on basketball. You know I, I need to control what I do when I am out there, like I said. I feel like I am beating a dead horse with some of the things I’m saying.”

Lin was a backup player in New York when he got his chance to start and sparked the Knicks in February 2012.

“Last year, I started and there were games where I didn’t play much,” he said. “I might play the first six minutes of each half and that was it. You have to look at the game as a whole, like how many minutes you play and what you do when you are on the floor. So for me, it is not that big of a deal for me being in second unit and being able to attack and have that freedom to be able to be freelancing a bit. I think that will be fun.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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