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Lin admits he’s still working way back from knee surgery

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Houston Rocekts Jeremy Lin during an inter-squad practice at the UTPA Fieldhouse in Edinburg, Texas Oct. 6,2012. (AP Photo/ The Monitor, Delcia Lopez)

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Jeremy Lin has spent the summer playing down his knee issues that forced him to have surgery last season. Every time he was asked he said he was fine, he was 100 percent.

He’s not.

And he admitted he is not going to play extended minutes for the Rockets as they open the exhibition season, via the Houston Chronicle.

“My speed and my explosiveness and my agility (are not) there yet,” Lin said. “I’m still trying to recover from knee surgery and get to where I was pre-surgery. I probably won’t get to play too much. Hopefully, as the preseason goes on I’ll get to play more and more to build that endurance.”

The Rockets are going to need Lin at full strength if their playoff dreams… oh, who are we kidding, they don’t have any playoff dreams with or without him. It’s going to be a long season in Houston as they continue the quest to be bad enough to get a superstar through the draft (or maybe free agency).

But Lin is the face of the franchise now, the guy whose face is on billboards and banners all over Houston. So it would be nice to get him back, but they need to think long term and be patient. They have Lin for three seasons, no reason to push too hard for a game in October.