"It's huge. It's really important for us,"
Lin joined Nash,
"I wasn't part of the recruiting process [for Howard]," said Lin, who learned of the center's decision while at a family function. "Everyone just started texting me."
Now the Rockets have to figure out how to fit Howard into their pick-and-roll-heavy offense.
"A lot of it is going to be learning on the fly to a certain extent, but listening to the coaches and buying in," Lin said. "We always want to go as deep as we can but I'm not going to make any guarantees right now."
Lin and the Rockets tied the Lakers for seventh in the West at 45-37 this season, with the Lakers getting the higher playoff seeding because of the head-to-head tiebreaker. Houston was knocked out in the first round of the playoffs by the
"We learned a lot. Any time you get bumped out in the first round, you get a taste of what of it's about but it's kind of like a tease -- you want it to go longer," Lin said. "It made us even hungrier."
Now the Rockets boast a more formidable roster for the 2013-14 season.
Lin has come a long way since his time in New York with current Lakers Coach
"It was a good experience," Lin said, "being able to play under D'Antoni for that short time."
After a spectacular stretch with the
He averaged 13.4 points, 6.1 assists and 1.6 steals a game last season, and was one of two Rockets to play in all 82 games.