Jeremy Lin Started First Rockets Training Camp, Doesn't Consider Himself To Being Face Of Franchise

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Sep 19, 2012 04:37 PM EDT
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NBA sensation Jeremy Lin attends a news conference during his Taipei tour in downtown Taipei

The 6-foot-3 international phenomenon point guard Jeremy Lin went through his first workout with the Houston Rockets on Tuesday.

Lin drew in a horde of media to the Toyota Center just to see the young man strut his stuff. All evidence points to that Linsanity still has plenty of life left in it.

''I don't know if I'm the face of the franchise just yet,'' Lin said. ''I think we're a young team and we're all going to buy in. The thing about us is it's not going to be any one person that's going to carry us to where we want to go, it's going to be everybody. I think it's so early on, I'm just trying to get to know the guys.''

Well Lin may be uncertain, but it's obvious he's the face of the Rockets franchise, becoming the biggest name in Rockets basketball since Yao Ming.

The Rockets acquired Lin over the summer by outmaneuvering the Knicks in free agency, signing the point guard to a three-year, $25 million deal.

The Rockets held Lin's introductory press conference on a stage on the practice floor at the Toyota Center to accommodate a huge media throng. Lin is American-born, but his maternal grandmother is from China and he has Taiwanese parents, so the event also drew a large contingent of Asian media.

Lin toured Asia this summer, running a four-day basketball camp in Beijing and visiting Taiwan for the first time. He's also had the chance over the past few months to catch his breath and reflect on his whirlwind rise to worldwide stardom.

The Rockets, entirely rebuilt after a flurry of offseason moves, have their practice on Oct. 1. They'll spend their first full week of training camp in Rio Grande Valley, home of their developmental league affiliate, and will play Oklahoma City there on Oct. 10.

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