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Where Jeremy Lin called wrong rookie about being traded

Oct 30, 2012, 1:39 PM EDT

Jeremy Lin AP

This would have been a great rookie prank if it were intentional.

As you may have heard, the Houston Rockets traded for James Harden this week. We did a post or two on it. As part of the package headed north to Oklahoma City was rookie Jeremy Lamb, a promising prospect out of UConn.

Rockets star and face of the franchise (at least until this week) Jeremy Lin wanted to do what a veteran team leader does in these situations and call the traded rookie to wish him well.

But it didn’t quite like he had planned, reports the Houston Chronicle:

Jeremy Lin thought he was doing the right, veteran thing. He called Scott Machado to say goodbye and good luck. The only problem was that he called the wrong rookie.

“I was like, ‘Hey, it’s Scott, it’s not Jeremy,’ ” Machado said of his conversation with Lin. “’Did you hear something about me?’ I was all nervous. He was like, “Oh, I apologize, I apologize.’ It all worked out.”

Machado was on the bubble to make the Rockets roster so he admitted his heart skipped a few beats when Lin called and started saying goodbye. But the Rockets are building for the future and kept the young Machado and let veteran Shaun Livingston go.

Livingston had a guaranteed deal, as did Jon Brockman and four other guys the Rockets let go (although several had partial buyouts, so the Rockets saved a lot of money by moving $7.5 million under the luxury tax line).

We don’t know if Lin tried to call Livingston and Brockman, too. Or if he did call them but ended up reaching Tyson Chandler and Steve Novak on accident.

  1. phx1311 - Oct 30, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    So if you play at least ten games your a vet…..got it

  2. shawnc16 - Oct 30, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    The title of this article is very awkward.

  3. ohnothatguy - Oct 30, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Best thing we did was get rid of lin. Year 2 here comes the rockets using the amnesty..oh wait the did already! Rockets fan will be bummed when they see what a waste of $$ they spent on an unknown just to make extra $ on the foreign market

    • cosanostra71 - Oct 30, 2012 at 3:27 PM

      Even if they hadn’t amnestied Scola, they couldn’t amnesty Lin, as he was signed after the new CBA.

  4. Mr. Wright 212 - Oct 30, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Lin acts just like Alex Rodriguez, and that’s not a good thing.

  5. Gordon - Oct 30, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Tebow of the NBA.

  6. hojo20 - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    I have Lin fatigue. He’ll be playing in China in 4 years.

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