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Jeremy Lin seemingly responds to Rockets ‘giving’ Carmelo Anthony his number

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While trying to flatter Carmelo Anthony before his free agent visit on Wednesday, the Houston Rockets also insulted Jeremy Lin. Photos of Anthony wearing No. 7 were plastered on the Toyota Center to show him what he would look like in a Rockets uniform. The issue with that is No. 7 currently belongs to Lin, who is still under contract with the team.

Shortly after photos of Anthony on the Rockets’ arena went viral, Lin sent the following tweet.

As many of you know, Lin is very religious. We’d be shocked if that Bible passage wasn’t directed at Houston’s disrespectful gesture. But we’re not surprised that Lin, who has been overlooked throughout his career, seems willing to turn the other cheek.

Everyone knows Carmelo wears No. 7 and that Lin’s salary would probably need to be dumped if Anthony decides to sign with the Rockets, but there are other ways the team could have courted ‘Melo. They didn’t need to toss one of their own aside.

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Rockets have signs with Carmelo Anthony wearing Jeremy Lin’s No. 7

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The Houston Rockets are hosting Carmelo Anthony for a free agent visit on Wednesday. Just like the Chicago Bulls did on Tuesday, the Rockets have decorated their arena with photos that show Carmelo Anthony in a Houston uniform. The Rockets, however, may have insulted one of their own players in the process.

The videoboard outside the Toyota Center featured Anthony wearing a Rockets No. 7 jersey — the same number he wore with the New York Knicks. Jeremy Lin, who is still under contract with the Rockets, wore No. 7 last year.

It is widely assumed that Lin and his $8.3 million salary for next season will have to be cleared if Anthony decides to sign with Houston. Still, that’s kind of messed up.

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Knicks reportedly would love to trade for Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin RocketsThe New York Knicks lost Jeremy Lin in a widely unpopular move when they failed to pony up the cash to sign him long term following the “Linsanity” phenomenon in 2012. Less than two years later, it sounds like they would love to have him back.

Chad Ford joined Bill Simmons on the “B.S. Report” Tuesday and was asked about the action leading up to the NBA trade deadline. Ford mentioned that he believes the Knicks are trying hard to make a deal and that they want a point guard. He mentioned Lin as one player the Knicks would love to have.

Ford said the Knicks were “going after a point guard — Kyle Lowry, Jeff Teague … another guy they’d love to get their hands on is Jeremy Lin.”

Ford mentioned that the Knicks want a point guard and want to shake it up. The Knicks are currently 20-33 and are not in the playoffs despite playing in the weak Eastern Conference.

Lin is in the middle of the second year of his contract with the Houston Rockets. He had somewhat of a shaky season last year as he was coming off knee surgery. He has settled in this season as a sixth man and has started at point guard when Patrick Beverley has been hurt, and he’s produced. He’s averaging 13.3 points, 4.5 assists, a steal and 1.1 3-pointers per game while shooting 46.5 percent from the field and 80.3 percent from the line. The Rockets signed Lin to a “poison pill” deal that calls for him to be paid nearly $15 million next season. That was supposed to be a deterrent to keep teams from matching their free agent offer to him, but the Knicks might be willing to make it work. The question is would Houston be willing to part with him for the right offer?

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Chris Paul toys with Jeremy Lin (Video)

Chris Paul Jeremy LinChris Paul just abused Jeremy Lin on Monday night during the Houston Rockets-Los Angeles Clippers game in LA.

On one possession in the third quarter, CP3 broke out all the tricks on Lin. He went behind his back, then to the stutter step, then between his legs, then past him for a layup. Talk about getting worked. That was just unfair.

Earlier in the quarter, CP3 caught a pass by the three-point line and switched direction, causing Lin to slip.

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Jeremy Lin celebrates Harvard’s first NCAA Tournament win (Picture)

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Was anyone more excited about Harvard upsetting New Mexico during the NCAA Tournament Thursday than Jeremy Lin? We highly doubt it.

The prestigious school’s most notable basketball alumnus threw on his three goggles and added about three exclamation points to punctuate his excitement after watching his school win its first NCAA Tournament game. Harvard, a 14 seed from the Ivy League, defeated 3-seed New Mexico 68-62, becoming the fourth 14-seed to win a tournament game in the past 10 years (per SportsCenter).

Here’s the tweet Lin sent, probably on a computer he borrowed from the public library, and from a couch at a friend’s place:

As good as Lin was in college, he never once played in the tourney. His best season came when Harvard went 21-8 during his senior year and finished third in the Ivy League. This win was a long time coming for Harvard fans.

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Jeremy Lin says he didn’t even want to play after Rockets made trade (Video)

Jeremy-LinJeremy Lin has only been with the Houston Rockets for about seven months, but that was enough time for him to develop a sense of family with his new teammates. When the team announced on Wednesday that it had traded Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich, Toney Douglas and Marcus Morris, Lin says he was crushed.

“That was just pretty much the worst thing,” he told reporters after Wednesday night’s win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, via CSNHouston.com. “It sucks because we’re a close-knit team and we actually really, really care about everybody that got shipped off and it was just really emotional for me.

“To be honest, I was like ‘I don’t even want to play. I don’t even want to play tonight.’ It was really emotional. I wish them the best. It just sucks to see them go and I guess that’s a part of the business but that’s a tough part for me.”

Lin scored 29 points and added eight assists in the upset win over the Thunder, so it’s safe for him to make a comment like that given the circumstances. Had the Rockets lost the game, I highly doubt he would have admitted the trade made him not even feel like taking the court.

Players never like losing a teammate they have gained a level of comfort with, let alone being informed that they have lost four of them right before a game is about to begin. Lin’s emotional attachment is understandable, but Houston got tremendous potential by bringing in Thomas Robinson and taking advantage of the Sacramento Kings’ desire to dump salaries. The trade should put them in better shape going forward, and Lin of all people should be able to understand that the NBA is a business.

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Jeremy Lin cheered by Knicks fans in return to MSG (Video)

jeremy-lin-introJeremy Lin received cheers from the Madison Square Garden crowd in his first game against the Knicks since leaving his former team to sign with the Houston Rockets over the summer. Knicks fans gave Lin a strong applause when he was introduced before the game began. However, the cheers turned into boos as the game went and Houston pulled away.

Lin had 22 points and 8 assists, and most importantly, he was 9-15 on field goals in Houston’s 109-96 win on Monday night. It was the second-highest point total of the season for Lin, and his second-best shooting performance of the year.

“It was a lot of fun playing out there,” Lin said after the game. “I think our team took a step in the right direction. For me, it was great to be back and it was a lot of fun to be back again.

“It was actually a lot better than I thought (it would be),” Lin said of the reception.

Lin was not in the mood to be nostalgic about the “Linsanity” craze he sparked in New York last season.

“I’ve moved on, they’ve moved on,” he said. “We have good memories, but at the same time we’re all in a different place now.”

The win was no doubt satisfying for Lin after he took some criticism for leaving for Houston. Center Tyson Chandler said in October that Lin couldn’t run the Knicks’ offense. Raymond Felton, who replaced him on the Knicks, said he was a better player than Lin. And then you had Carmelo Anthony call Lin’s contract with Houston “ridiculous.”

Oh yeah, having a game against the Knicks while handing them their sixth loss of the year had to have felt great for Lin.

Below are some of his highlights from the game:

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