Rockets, Jeremy Lin at odds over that No. 7 Carmelo Anthony jersey

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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.

Lin responded with a Biblical tweet late in the afternoon:

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.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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