Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/22/13
Though Jeremy Lin conceded he has "a lot of holes" in his own game the Houston Rockets' point guard said he believes the free-agent signing of Dwight Howard makes the team a dangerous threat as an NBA championship contender. Reminded that Hakeem Olajuwon told Fox 26 in Houston the Howard-Lin tandem on offense could be "very deadly" after the former Rockets great worked out both in Colorado Lin said "I think our team can be deadly" in a taped interview to be aired on ESPN Radio's "The Ian O'Connor Show" on Sunday morning. "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." Howard left the Los Angeles Lakers in July to sign a four-year $88 million deal with the Rockets which gives the center the ability to opt out of his contract after three seasons. With James Harden an established perimeter star the Howard acquisition is expected to elevate Houston -- a first-round playoff loser to Oklahoma City last year -- into the upper tier of Western Conference teams. "We don't have the [postseason] experience" Lin said "so we're going to have to make up for that somehow some way. 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." In his workouts with Howard Lin said he has been surprised by the big man's touch from the foul line. Howard shot 49 percent from the line in his final season in Orlando and in his one and only season with the Lakers inspiring some opponents to intentionally foul him.
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