Rockets forward Chandler Parsons knew Jeremy Lin would get the joke, even if Lin's original text message was serious.

Lin meant it when he texted Parsons asking if he could bunk on a couch Monday night. Lin began his career with the Knicks couch-surfing around New York, providing a key part of the narrative in his spectacular rise from NBA dreamer to international sensation. He had gone from cut by the Rockets on Christmas Eve to brought back to Houston with a new $25 million contract but had not lost his affinity for crashing at a buddy's place.

Lin had sent a simple request: "Sorry to bug u but u think i could crash on ur couch tmrw night until my furniture comes in?"