HOUSTON- Late Wednesday night in a mostly empty locker room Jeremy Lin said one of the strangest, truest, and ultimately most meaningless things ever said about a sports team.
To understand the quote, you need only the following context: The Houston Rockets had just lost to the Denver Nuggets 105-95 on a night they committed 22 turnovers that led to 28 points for the Nuggets (26-18), and the Rockets' record had just fallen to 22-22.
"Any good team," he began, "if you look back to before they were good, they went through all this."
Indeed. Before the sun came up, it was way darker.
Lin is implying a sense of inevitability to the Rockets' rise. Or at least he's saying he feels this is all part of a process that ends with a parade. Considering he is a member of the Rockets, this is really the only viewpoint available to him. He has to think this.
But nobody outside the organization does, and with that record settled at rhetorically ideal .500 it is ...