Tuesday, October 16, 2012

theTALE OF TWO JEREMY's :: JEREMY LIN & JEREMY LAMB

Jeremy Lin | #7 | PG | Houston Rockets

The Tale of Two Jeremy's :: Jeremy Lin & Jeremy Lamb :: Dual-Rockets

Jeremy Lin needs no introduction for he is Perhaps the Most Talked About NBA Player of the Modern Era. In case you've been living under a rock like the Geico commercial, Lin went undrafted out of Harvard in 2010. He clawed and fought his way onto the Golden State Warriors in 2010-11 and Houston Rockets roster in 2011-12 only to get cut — assigned to the NBA Development League (D-League) three times. 

The New York Knicks eventually took a gamble on him in the 2011-2012 season and the rest is pretty much history. In 35 games (25 starts) w/ the Knicks, Lin averaged 14.6 points and 6.2 assists a game. More than helping to bring the buzz back in Madison Square Garden, he became a national...check-that...a global phenomenon — "Linsanity" was born. 




Shockingly, the Knicks' brass decided not to match the Rockets' three-year, $25 million poison pill offer (backloading their offer sheet w/ a $15 million salary in the third season. If the Knicks agreed to that deal, they would've faced a hefty luxury tax in 2014-15 because of other big contracts on their books — between $30-40 million) for the restricted free agent and the Houston Rockets were more than happy to bring their prodigal son back w/ open arms — the basketball world now awaits the Next Chapter in the Linsanity Book.

Jeremy Lamb | #1 | SG | Houston Rockets

Enter his teammate Jeremy Lamb. During his freshman season at UConn in 2010-11, he was the second scoring option behind Kemba Walker during the Huskies' 2010-11 NCAA Championship season. In his sophomore season, he averaged 17.7 points while maintaining a 47.8% field-goal percentage




His productivity and upside potential led to him being taken as the 12th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets. Although Lamb (6'5" 180 lbs. w/ a wingspan around 7'1'') has a relaxed attitude by nature ala Tracy McGrady, he is considered very explosive — lulling his defenders to sleep while blowing by them w/ a quick first-step and fearless moves to the basket or pulling-up w/ a silky-smooth jumper. In the NBA's Summer League, Lamb averaged 20 points and 4.4 rebounds per game — emerging as the top scorer in the competition.





The Houston Rockets organization led by Kevin McHale are excited & rejuvenated w/ their "new" youth movement — Yao Ming & Tracy McGrady have seamlessly been replaced by Jeremy Lin & Jeremy Lamb a.k.a. the Lin-Lamb Connection...

...to be continued.

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