During a trip to Beijing to oversee a basketball camp, Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin told reporters that he sees his skills meshing with new center Dwight Howard, particularly when it comes to playing the pick and roll offense. It seems that Lin thinks Howard’s affinity for the pick and roll will be the vital cog that will set the Rockets’ offense in motion.
"But he really likes to play pick-and-roll and I really like to play pick-and-roll, so I hope we can work really well together and really happily learn how to play with each other," said Lin, who averaged 13.4 points and 6.1 assists during his first season with the Rockets.
However, Lin might need to reference another point guard who has actual experience playing with Howard in the pick and roll—the Los Angeles Lakers’ Steve Nash. When Howard opted to forego re-signing with the Lakers and join the Rockets during free agency, Nash surmised that one of the All-Star center’s reasons for leaving Los Angeles was his aversion for playing the pick and roll offense.
“He didn’t seem like he really wanted to do a pick-and-roll offense, maybe because he had run one in Orlando for so long and he wanted to get in the post more,” said Nash.
Nonetheless, Lin will quickly find out in training camp what Howard’s actual on-court predilections are. As the point guard, he’ll need to balance the needs of other Rockets All-Star James Harden with Howard’s in order to build the necessary chemistry and fulfill the franchise’s championship aspirations in the 2013-14 season.