MANILA, Philippines – The Houston Rockets and Jeremy Lin hosted a press conference in Houston before the NBA's regular season tips off.
For the Rockets, the season starts on October 31, when they face the Detroit Pistons on the road.
"I can't wait (for the season to start)," said Lin, who was acquired in the off-season as a free agent. "Because this off-season, there were a lot of rumors and talking and things that had to do with everything off the court."
"So I'm excited to get back on and to start doing what our job is supposed to do, which is to play basketball," he added.
This off-season, the Rockets lost unrestricted free agent Goran Dragic and traded Kyle Lowry to Toronto. Houston missed the playoffs, finishing ninth in the Western Conference, two games out of the eighth and final spot.
The Rockets are hopeful that they can return to the playoffs this season, especially with the signing of Lin. But the point guard who spawned the "Linsanity" phenomenon insists that he is not the only leader of the Houston franchise.
"I think for me, I've played less than 50 career games and I don't think I've proven that, and I think in some ways, in a lot of ways, we're going to have to look to even some of the guys that are more experienced," Lin said.
He pointed out that shooting guard Kevin Martin "has been here for a few years."
"He's done a lot for the organization and other older guys that we’re going to look up to. I'm going to look up to and then at the same time, I'm going to also have to lead them as well," Lin said.
The Rockets will be holding their training camp at the McCallen Convention Center in Rio Grande Valley before opening their seven-game pre-season schedule against Oklahoma City on October 10. -- Report from ANC