I’m a fan of Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey. In my estimation, he has the kind of track record that puts him on par with the best GMs in the NBA. I’ve got a lot of good things to say about Kevin McHale as well, both as a coach and a player (let us not speak of the Joe Smith debacle when he was a GM).
All of that aside, the fact that their team used imagery of Carmelo Anthony wearing No. 7 as part of the recruitment pitch for the All-Star forward is disappointing and borders on complete and total disrespect.
In case you were unaware, the Rockets already have a No. 7 on their team. Somewhat ironically, that man is Carmelo’s former New York Knicks teammate Jeremy Lin. Early reports stated that Lin was aware of his number’s use. More recent ones (citing Lin’s agent as a source) state that the man who inspired “Linsanity” in New York had no idea this was coming.
For his part, Lin took to Twitter earlier today with a bible quote from Luke 6:29: “If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them …” The passage would lead one to believe that Lin is doing his best to take things in stride, but clearly Houston has a problem.
Many questioned the wisdom of signing Lin to such a lucrative deal in the first place. You can’t blame Lin for accepting the most money he could get, but I can’t help but wonder why Houston did it given the fact that the guard has seemingly been on the trading block ever since. Couple this with the most recent hiccup in what is fast becoming a rocky relationship, and you have to wonder why an ownership group and front office that usually operates at such a high level is doing things that seem so counterproductive.
The argument can be made that you do what you have to when you’re trying to acquire a superstar, and there’s validity there. However, the fact remains that Morey is better than this and Lin deserves better.