The Houston Rockets seemed to have impressed prized free agent Carmelo Anthony on Wednesday when they brought him in for a meeting that last anywhere from four to six hours before he left for what ended up being a short visit to Dallas.
But part of the reason why we’re talking about the visit still has less to do with how well it went — even though it went very well — and more to do with how mad Jeremy Lin is that his jersey was used as a selling tool but his face had been photoshopped out ahead of time.
According to Mark Berman form Fox 26 in Houston, Morey noted that while the jersey photoshop wasn’t personal, Lin really doesn’t have anything to be that mad about as it’s not the first time the Rockets have used such a tactic with a free agent in the past.
“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 … My job is every day figure out how to win. Sometimes it creates challenging situations.”
Lin has a right to be angry with the Rockets but it’s not as though it hasn’t been a tactic that Houston hasn’t used before and it’s not like Lin will be around to use the number if Melo signs. It has been said by Morey and others on numerous occasions that Lin will be traded if Melo agrees to sign, which means the jersey technically isn’t even Lin’s at this point anyways.