Be it in 140-character increments or in post after post on page after page of website after website, there was no lack of opinion in the wake of the Rockets’ playoff departure that Jeremy Lin is a poseur, a disappointment, a weakling, an incomplete product, a failure, a flop.

In some ways, Lin would concur. The difference between Lin and his detractors, though, is that Lin has firsthand knowledge of what he has to do to improve his game and his contributions to the Rockets’ success and has, he believes, the time, determination and support to get it done.

“I have a long way to go. I have a really long way to go,” Lin said in the wake of his three-point, 13-minute stint off the bench in the Rockets’ 103-94 loss Friday night.

“I’m really excited for the offseason, just because I can get better, not that I wanted it to start. There are so many things I wish I was better at after playing my first whole season and realizing this is what separates good players from great players.”

Given the harsh formula of hype, expectations and potential with which he began the season, Lin could hardly help but fall short. He arrived in July, fresh off his “Linsanity” debut in New York last season, as the new face of the franchise, only to be supplanted in that role with the October acquisition of James Harden.

Still, along with center Omer Asik, he was the only player on the roster to start in and play in all 82 games, ranking third on the Rockets behind Harden and Chandler Parsons in minutes played. He improved after the All-Star break in scoring, shooting percentage and 3-point percentage and remained steady in most other metrics.

But then he ran into Russell Westbrook, figuratively, in the opening game of the Thunder series and into Thabo Sefolosha, literally, in Game 2, suffering a bruised chest muscle that sidelined him in Games 4 and 5, both of which the Rockets won, and limited him in Game 6.

And in this most devoted of football towns, Lin also faces a phenomenon with which fans are all too eager to subscribe: the backup quarterback syndrome – represented, in this case, by midseason acquisition Patrick Beverley, whose defensive intensity was valuable down the stretch, and Aaron Brooks, the former Rockets fan favorite who returned to Houston for the stretch drive.