Lin: 'I don't think it's that big of a deal'
The first opening night start for an NBA player is usually a pretty big deal.
Only one Rockets player has been around for 10 opening nights. Dwight Howard will make his 10th opening night start, Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at Toyota Center when they face the Charlotte Bobcats.
Howard acknowledged he was pretty unsure of how things would shake out on his first opening night.
"Well 10 years ago, I was a little bit nervous about the first game," Howard said.
"But now, I've been doing for awhile. You want to get that first one out of the way," he said. "This year we just want to start off on the right note, be aggressive on both ends."
The only player making his first opening night start Wednesday night will be point guard Pat Beverley. Beverley said he was happy, but hasn't been making a big deal about it. He also has downplayed the fact that he is starting and Jeremy Lin will be not be.
Lin will be coming off the bench to start the season and he shares the same opinion about playing with the second unit.
"I don't think it's that big of a deal," Lin said.
"You just have to look at the game as a whole," he said. "How many minutes do you end up playing and what do you do when you're on the floor. To me, it's not that big of a deal being in the second unit, being able to attack and have that freedom and to be able to be freelancing a little bit. I think it will be fun."
He expects to hit the court with the same attitude and mindset regardless of when he is out there.
"When I'm out there I'm just going to keep being aggressive, I'm not really going to change anything," Lin said.
"Every body wants to start, but only five can. I definitely respect the coaches decision," he continued. "Me and Pat are going to see the floor together. Me and Dwight, and me and James, and Pat and James. There's going to be all types of lineups throughout the course of the game, we'll see a lot of them.
"When I am out there playing my brand of basketball," Lin said. "I'm just trying to run the second unit to the best of my abilities."