Mar 8, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin (7) and forward Chandler Parsons (25) attempt to rebound the ball against the Golden State Warriors in the third quarter at ORACLE arena. The Rockets defeated the Warriors 94-88. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets’ Jeremy Lin compares Chandler Parsons to Donald Sterling, deletes tweet


The Houston Rockets were eliminated from the playoffs after they were defeated by the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 6 when Damian Lillard hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Blazers a 99-98 victory (you can relive the shot here).

Just before Lillard’s shot went through, the Rockets thought they had forced a Game 7 after Chandler Parsons rebounded a James Harden miss and put it back in with just 0.9 seconds left in the game to give the Rockets a two-point lead.

On Monday night, the Rockets were talking about cleaning out their lockers and point guard Jeremy Lin asked where his first meal in his hometown of Palo Alto was. Parsons responded “Panda Express,” poking fun at Lin’s Chinese heritage. Lin then compared Parsons’ to Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling, but soon deleted the tweet.

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Parsons clearly didn’t mean any real harm by it and the two appeared to be having fun, but there are plenty of people who would take offense to a statement like that.

(Credit to Nate Scott of For the Win, part of the USA Today for the picture of the tweet)

Tags: Chandler Parson Donald Sterling Houston Rockets Jeremy Lin Los Angeles Clippers

  • WC

    “There are plenty of people who would take offense to a statement like that”…which statement are you referring to Melnick? Oh right, the one the Asian guy made. Because the White guy’s comments OBVIOUSLY didn’t “mean any harm”. Way to unapologetically deliver biased, one sided and ignorant reporting! Let’s say Dwight Howard made a comment about first meal back home and Parsons said “KFC?”. Guess what, the media would be all over that and say Parsons is the one making offensive comments. Yet you gloss over Parson’s comments because Lin’s on the other side of it and you (like so many other reporters in sports) have a major hard-on for bringing Jeremy Lin down every chance you get. So stop with the double standard and if you’re going to call out racism, you better call it out equally across the board, otherwise you should take a good look in the mirror.

    • mike

      exactly. double standard in the caucasian /european-american/jewish dominated media as usual.

  • Intrep1d

    The whole thing was a joke. Their bromance is known widely around the league. Some people take things way too seriously.

  • Sam

    “Parsons clearly didn’t mean any real harm by it and the two appeared to be having fun, but there are plenty of people who would take offense to a statement like that.”

    I agree with the author, Parsons was being extremely insensitive toward Asian Americans