The Houston Rockets are now openly talking about sending Jeremy Lin packing, reports Clutch Fans.
In its bid to lure New York Knick Carmelo Anthony into a Rocket uniform, the team posted a huge picture of Carmelo in a Rocket jersey, wearing number 7.
That just also happens to be Jeremy’s number.
Rocket GM Daryl Morey put it bluntly.
“Bottom line, if Carmelo comes, Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin have to be traded,” said Morey. “It’s just math. It’s not personal. My job is every day figure out how to win. Sometimes it creates challenging situations.”
Up to now, Lin has been pretty philosophical about the prospects of being traded, saying
“My first year and a half, I dealt with my name being surrounded with getting cut and things like that,” Lin said. “Then it was my name being surrounded with trades. So I would much rather take the second one than the first. I am not really too worried about it.”
This time Lin admitted to being a little hurt.
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
Morey’s reacted to Lin’s tweet with a matter of fact shrug of the shoulder.
“Reality is it’s standard practice. When we went after Chris Bosh a few years ago, we had him in (Luis) Scola’s number. When we went after Dwight Howard he had (Pat) Beverley’s number. I get the sensitivity and I hate that it creates some hurt feelings. I don’t like that, but that’s obviously Carmelo Anthony’s number, that’s the number he wants. He told us that.”
Did he, Morey? Are negotiations really that far along with Anthony that he’s already demanding a certain number jersey? It seems unlikely.
Carmelo has played for just two teams his entire NBA career. He wears number 7 now, but wore number 15 during his 7 years with the Denver Nugget. He couldn’t wear 15 with the Knicks because that number had been retired by the team to honor Knick greats Earl Monroe and Dick McGuire.
Also its common practice when a new player takes someone’s number, the team or the new player asks the player with that number first if they can have it.
According to Jeremy’s agent, no one asked or warned Lin that a blown up picture of Anthony in Lin’s number was about to go up.
You can’t blame Lin for speaking out. You had every right and reason to do that.