In their zeal to recruit Carmelo Anthony, the Houston Rockets put up a huge, Photoshopped image of the free agent in a Rockets jersey, replete with his favorite No. 7, outside the Toyota Center.
There was just one little problem: The number belongs to Jeremy Lin, who is currently on the roster. Now, the NBA is a business and everyone — especially Lin — knows that, if Anthony comes to Houston, Lin goes because of their past history with the New York Knicks. Still, this seemed like an unnecessary diss.
The Rockets welcomed Carmelo Anthony with a Photoshopped image. One problem: that’s Jeremy Lin’s number. pic.twitter.com/4ia7EQl0yM
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) July 2, 2014
Lin responded with a Biblical tweet late in the afternoon:
Luke 6:29 – If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them — Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) July 2, 2014
A Rockets source told Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski that they’d told him of their plans ahead of time, but Lin’s agents contradicted that.
Spoke to Lin’s agents, Jim Tanner/Roger Montgomery, who say that Houston did NOT inform Lin that the No. 7 would be used for Melo images.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 2, 2014