Thursday, February 9, 2012
Rockets GM: 'We should have kept Lin'
By Ian Begley
Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey regrets letting go of New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin.
"We should have kept (Jeremy Lin). Did not know he was this good," Morey wrote on his official Twitter account on Thursday. "Anyone who says they knew misleading U."
In a separate tweet, Morey praised Lin, writing "Finally, really happy for (Lin). Very hard working, nice, & humble. He has a great, great future."
Lin has surprised many talent evaluators with his play in the Knicks' past three games.
The undrafted former Harvard standout has scored 25.3 points and handed out 8.3 assists over his past three games -- all Knicks victories.
In his first start, Lin scored 28 points and handed out eight assists against the Utah Jazz in a game in which New York (11-15) was missing Amare Stoudemire (death in the family) and had lost Carmelo Anthony just minutes into the first quarter due to a groin injury.
The 23-year-old followed that performance with a 23-point, 10-assist night against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.
Lin was released in late December by the Rockets to make room for Houston's signing of Samuel Dalembert. Houston already had three point guards on its roster, and all of their contracts were guaranteed. Lin had a non-guaranteed contract.