Rockets weirdly impersonate Elon Musk on Twitter to try and land top draft pick

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The Houston Rockets are making a play on the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft.

Yet instead of doing it through the lottery, or any other official channels, the organization is trying to get Elon Musk on board.

Why? Nobody is really sure.

The Rockets posed as Musk on Twitter — which the billionaire Tesla owner is currently in the process of buying — and tried to declare that it would be “illegal” to not give the team the first pick in the draft every year.

The team’s account went all out, too, changing its profile picture and name to Musk's.

Now, it didn’t last long. The tweet was still up about an hour after it first went out, but the team’s name was changed back and the profile picture was removed.

While Musk certainly has a lot of pull — he’s the richest man in the world, after all — he doesn’t have any power over how the NBA draft works.

Since Musk has announced his plan to buy Twitter, he's been posting several ideas of how to both improve the platform and what he's going to do next. Some of them are serious suggestions, like an edit button or encrypting direct messages, while others are clearly jokes.

If that's what the Rockets social media team was going for, it's not the worst joke. It clearly didn't land very well, however, as it left plenty on Twitter extremely confused.

The tweet could easily result in the account losing its verified status, or even being banned temporarily altogether, as impersonating another individual goes against Twitter policy.

Maybe next time the Rockets should just stick to playing the draft lottery.

CEO of Tesla Motors Elon Musk
The Houston Rockets weirdly tried to impersonate Elon Musk on Twitter on Thursday. (Suzane Cordeiro/AFP/Getty Images)
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