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Jeremy Lin says he felt disrespected by Rockets’ ‘Melo No. 7, tries to take high road

Jul 2, 2014, 5:09 PM EDT

When Carmelo Anthony arrived at the Toyota Center to get pitched by the Houston Rockets as a free agent, there were pictures of Anthony there holding the Larry O’Brien trophy and wearing a No. 7 Rockets’ jersey.

The jersey that Jeremy Lin still wears for the Rockets.

Which pretty much tells you who stands where on the pecking order in Houston. But did Jeremy Lin feel disrespected by that? Of course, but on twitter he tried to take the high road.

There were reports that the Rockets let Lin know his number would be used, Lin’s agents denied this. As if any of that matters.

It’s not a secret to anyone that Jeremy Lin is on the trade block, in fact if Anthony chooses the Rockets (not likely) they reportedly have a deal already set up where they wouldn’t have to take any salary back. One way or another it’s likely Lin is wearing the No. 7 of another team at some point this year.

This is also far from the first time Lin has felt disrespected as a basketball player, it’s part of what makes him a compelling story and person. He’s overcome a lot, and while his contract may be steep this season he’s an NBA caliber point guard who can do some things very well. That shouldn’t get overlooked in discussions of him.

  1. peralez2383 - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    He gets walked on more than my door mat

  2. cpcheung - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Just like Asik to be a man, Lin should publicly asks Rockets to trade him!

  3. cpcheung - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    If Lin is not traded this coming year to other teams, Lin should wait for one year and become a free agent and should never return to Rockets. By humiliating Lin now, Rockets will lose more games in the near future, including all Asian markets in the world!

    • bruiserbrigade - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      The Rockets not love Lin long time.

      • masher1965 - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:28 PM

        Bad, just bad

  4. cpcheung - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    Definitely from now on, Lin will lose all interests and wills to play for Rockets, worse than Asik’s case. Rockets’ management is so dumb to destroy and discourage their players sense of identity before they can get Melo. If Melo will not come to Rockets, then Rockets will lose both — Melo in person and Lin in spirit.

    • bkbell3 - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:12 AM

      Yes, but both are young players playing for future contracts and have to be professional about the business side of it. Parsons could be the next one to get crapped on by houston and he was leading the charge to get howard. But he should still end up getting paid.

      • nickjackalson - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:42 AM

        where´s that claim coming from??players have to be professional, yes, maybe they should..
        ..but who comes off like an unprofessional jerk in this?
        Lin? hardly, it´s Daryl “professional-GM” “salt-the-earth” Morey

      • bkbell3 - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:10 AM

        nickjack, do you you have a reading comp. problem. I was responding to the comment above me where the guy said lin ” from now on will lose all will and interest in playing for houston, worse than asik” That’s why i said he will be professional because he is playing for future contracts. Where the hell did i say he won’t be professional? If you read my other comments i said houston is cold blooded.Asik has gotten the rep as being whiny whether he is justified or not, but i think lin is a good guy and always been professional.

  5. jayquintana - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Nothing inspires loyalty like having a team tell you, “if we can’t trade you, we’re going to be 100% loyal to you.”

    • bkbell3 - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:23 AM

      Yea jay, and this is why players have to take care of themselves on the business side even though some fans roast some players for looking to maximize their earnings in their short careers and try to go to the best situation for themselves. Look at what happened to the players that won a chip in dallas. Cuban wanted them to sign one year contracts so he could dump them the next year so he could yet again chase shinny objects. You get hurt on a one year contract and you are screwed. When a team is done with you they will trade you or cut you no matter what you have done for them. They ask guys to sacrifice their numbers to help the team win then come contract time they point to your numbers and offer less money because your numbers are down. They preach team play and develop more stats to show your numbers are down and pay you less. At the end of the day it’s a business for everyone except the fans. And the fans who kill other players and teams are ecstatic when a lbj comes to their team.

  6. muhangis - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Another reason to hate Carmelo’s guts!

    • masher1965 - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:29 PM

      Hey, Carmelo didn’t do this, the Rockets did . Hating Carmelo for this is asinine

      • bkbell3 - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:28 AM

        Agree masher, and lin sure maximized his situation to score a big payday and good for him. But houston sure is a cold blooded team. Parsons might be next in line and he lead the charge for howard to come to houston. End of the day take care of yourself, it’s a business.

  7. mazblast - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Turning the other cheek is a great way to get both cheeks slapped. Stand up for yourself, Jeremy.

  8. cashtext4all.com - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Sad to see the Rocket disrespecting my boy Jeremy Lin. When Lin leaves, they will realize how they miss him.

  9. AZ Dem - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:37 AM

    People, people, . . . calm down. HOU probably just hired some geek, nerd, techie to do the job. A person who doesn’t know the first thing about the Rockets and their roster.

    Of course, somebody in Rockets land should have noticed it.

    And Rockets management owe Lin an apology. Whether they’re planning on trading him or not. When a mistake is made, a real man fesses up and owns that mistake.

    (Didn’t see a single Rockets’ game last year, but I’ll take a wild guess that they were not using him correctly. In New York, he thrived under Coach D’Antoni’s pick and roll system. Think Stockton & Malone. Nash & Amare. Both Stockton and Nash were dependent upon a good screen to either get an open jumper or to get to the rim. Put Lin in a pick & roll offense, I promise you, you’ve got an All-Star.)

  10. pukpokito - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:53 AM

    Very professional, great humility. It may hurt him. But he has experience being jobless and trying hard to make it in the NBA for him to have something like this affect him. It could be a whole lot worse for him.He knows.He remembers.He gets it.

  11. mnsadsportsfan - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:27 AM

    Lin seriously just keep cashin those checks you got paid for 15 games over paid that is.

  12. hunnymoney - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Really not sure why everybody is so hot and heavy for Carmelo Anthony. He’s an egocentric
    ball-hog that couldn’t play defense if his life depended on it. If you’re trying to start a championship team he’s the last guy you want to bring on board. Somebody is going to overpay huge for this guy and he’s going to fracture their team the same as he did with the Knicks. The best thing that could happen to the Knicks is to lose him, and whoever brings him on is going to regret it huge as time goes by. He’ll score plenty, but that the only trick from this one-trick pony and there are far better players available. If you want someone who has to jack up a ton of shots to get his points and do very little besides, ‘Melo’s your guy. As for me, no thanks!

  13. rogerrodgers - Jul 4, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    He’s on his way out any way

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