Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin said he was "humbled and flattered" by the glowing comments made about him by Hall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon in his interview on Tuesday with FOX 26 Sports.
Lin worked with Olajuwon and center Dwight Howard last week in Colorado.
Rockets coach Kevin McHale and his staff were on hand to watch the workouts.
It was the first time Lin worked with Olajuwon, who is in his new role as the Rockets' player development specialist.
Olajuwon thought Lin and Howard worked remarkably well together
"Just the little offense I saw, that combination is very deadly and you can see that both of them are very excited seeing that 'wow, we bring the right ingredients together,' " Olajuwon said on Tuesday.
Lin was surprised he had made that kind of impact on Olajuwon.
"I think anybody and Dwight is a deadly combination," Lin said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports on Thursday.
"I'm just glad I'm on the same team as him. I think if we do it right. If we move the ball. If we space properly. If we run quick offense. I think our offense will be very deadly and not just because of me and him, but because of all of the weapons that we have."
After working with Lin last week Olajuwon discovered that Lin "has a nice post move" and is "very, very strong" and should use those advantages during games.
"I'm just very humbled and flattered," Lin said. "I didn't think he was going to go and say that.
"It's different for someone to say that, but for him to say that it's just like 'wow,' coming from one of the best who ever did it in the post. Maybe I might find myself down there a little more, but definitely not major given our personnel and our team and our style, but maybe here and there definitely."
Olajuwon had an important message for Lin.
"There's no pressure on him now," Olajuwon said.
"It's on Dwight and James (Harden). His position is crucial for the team's success, and he can play that role very well."
Lin understood Olajuwon's point.
"I think it's true," Lin said. "I think every great team, every championship team, they have their guys, but then they have other guys who really need to play well. If you look at Miami, they've won the last couple of years. Would they have won without (forward) Mike Miller, (forward) Shane Battier, (guard) Mario Chalmers and guys like that playing really well?
"You are always going to need those guys to take pressure off of the main guys, and I think me and (Rockets forward) Chandler (Parsons) are hopefully able to do that for (Rockets guard) James (Harden) and Dwight."
Lin said he really enjoyed his time with Olajuwon in Colorado.
"I was really impressed by just how candid, how down to earth, how normal he was," Lin said. "You think of someone of his caliber, Hall of Famer, one of the great players to ever play in the NBA, the fact that he says what he says and is that encouraging and is that down to earth, speaks a lot about him.
"I was thankful for the time that I had working out with him."
Lin spoke with FOX 26 Sports from Los Angeles where he was attending the premier of "Linsanity," the documentary about his life, from growing up in Palo Alto, Calif. to his meteoric rise to stardom in the NBA with the N.Y. Knicks.
"It's really cool," Lin said. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I'm excited to be here. I'm just thankful for everything. I understand that not many people get this opportunity. So I'm just trying to soak it all in.
"It's Weird. I've only really seen it one time on the big screen and that was at South by Southwest. It's definitely a little weird, took a little getting used to.
While the documentary is about his life, Lin said there is a message in the film for everyone."
"I hope the message is to encourage them to explore their faith and their relationship with God," Lin said.
"Secondly, pursue their dreams whole heartedly and not be discouraged or be pursueded by criticism or racial stereotypes or any other stereotype."
When Lin returns to Houston for the Rockets training camp he will see his picture on billboards along with Howard, Harden and Parsons.
"It's a great opportunity and I'm just thankful," Lin said. "They didn't have to put us on there.
"It could have easily been just Dwight and James. They went out of their way to do that. I haven't seen the billboard yet, but I'm sure when I drive by it'll be a cool feeling."