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Jeremy Lin

Where Jeremy Lin called wrong rookie about being traded


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.

Tuesday And-1 links: Felton starts but does Kidd close for Knicks?

Knicks Media Day Basketball

Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like old people love In The Heat of the Night.

• Raymond Felton will start games at point for the New York Knicks, but don’t be shocked if Jason Kidd closes them.

• Every time some player says “I don’t care about my next contract” I think they are lying, but Manu Ginobili may be the exception to that rule.

• Watch Kevin Love go yard while taking batting practice before a Twins game.

• Rockets camp is getting off to a tough start, and the next three posts show why. First, Jon Brockman has an eye injury severe enough to keep him out of practice all week.

• Royce White has not been at the first two days of Rockets training camp as he deals with ongoing anxiety disorder issues, something that was a concern of some teams during the draft.

• Chase Budinger sat out some drills at Rockets practice due to a tweaked left hamstring.

• Zach Randolph says his knee is just fine, thanks for asking.

• Zaza Pachulia was held out of some drills at Hawks camp due to knee concerns Tuesday.

• There is plenty of buzz around the league that Monta Ellis will opt out of his deal in Milwaukee after this season and test the free agent market.

• The Nets are going to use Andray Blatche as a backup five, not so much at the four.

Another story about how James Harden is confident he will work out a contract extension with the Thunder. Everyone says that but at this point I’ll believe it when I see it.

• Magic Johnson says the Miami Heat are the team to beat for the NBA title. Like a broken clock that is still right twice a day, Magic is correct here.

• The Mavericks waived center D.J. Mbenga Tuesday, and that made me a little sad.

• Little shake up in the agent ranks — following LeBron James leaving CAA, four other players have filed to do the same according to ESPN: Denver’s Ty Lawson, Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson, the Los Angeles Clippers’ Eric Bledsoe and the San Antonio’s Cory Joseph.

• A nice recap of Denver Nuggets media day. They are my early favorite for “most fun team to watch” this season.

• New Yorkers, you can hang out in one of the Jay-Z designed Vault Suites at the New Barclay Center — oh, and get to watch a Brooklyn Nets and meet Deron Williams — by submitting a short video “demonstrating their commitment as the ultimate fan of sports, music or entertainment” to this site at American Express.

• Mark Cuban dancing Gangnam style at a bar in Indiana. Just because we can.

Rockets’ Jon Brockman hospitalized with eye injury

Jon Brockman

Jon Brockman was down in Houston early, doing what a lot of NBA players are now doing a couple weeks away from the start of training camp — working out at the team facilities, playing pick-up games with teammates.

Brockman was working out Monday using elastic resistance bands — something commonly used by professional athletes and seen at your local gym — when one end slipped off his foot, snapped up and hit him in the eye. The injury was severe enough it forced him to go to the hospital to get treatment, reports the Associated Press. He spent a few days in the hospital but was released Thursday.

The Rockets have not set a timetable for his return to the court. There are no other details on the injury at this time.

Brockman — one of the better players ever out of the university of Washington — played for the Bucks last season but was thrown in and traded to Houston as part of the Samuel Dalembert deal.