Jeremy Lin has high hopes for this year's Rockets, yet remains aware things have to fall into place the right way.
Speaking in a recent interview with ESPN Radio's "The Ian O'Connor Show," Lin addressed a number of topics. Asked about Hakeem Olajuwon's recent comments to KRIV that the duo of him and Dwight Howard can be "very deadly," Lin said, "I think our team can be deadly.
"I think Dwight Howard himself is already pretty deadly of a player," Lin said. "For us, it's just a matter of getting on the same page and buying into the system, and I think adding (Howard) as a piece to the puzzle, it's incredible. I think we're all extremely excited and we know what we have, and he looks healthy, he looks explosive, and he's looking better and better in terms of recovering from his (back) surgery."
While he's excited for things to come, Lin said there will be some obstacles for the Rockets to overcome.
"We don't have the (postseason) experience, so we're going to have to make up for that somehow, some way," Lin said, "And we don't really want to wait around and wait three years down the line to be able to compete for a championship; we want to do that now. ... If everything jells together in an ideal situation, I think we can be a championship contender for sure. But that's a big 'if,' and we understand that, and our coaching staff understands that.
"And I think our players right now, we're all talking about being committed to winning a championship, and being able to sacrifice. I think sacrifice is going to be a big, big word for our team."
Training camp begins for the Rockets on September 28.