Unless they’re Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard, NBA players sometimes develop bonds with their teammates. They spend a lot of time together practicing and on the road and form friendships with one another.
Apparently that’s the case with the Houston Rockets, as Jeremy Lin said he didn’t feel like playing after the Rockets traded away four of Lin’s teammates for less expensive rookie Thomas Robinson and other assets:
“That was just pretty much the worst thing,” Jeremy Lin said. “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 took out his emotions on the Thunder, scoring 29 points on 12-22 from the field and dishing out eight assists in a 122-119 victory.
Just goes to show that no matter how much chemistry a team may have, professional sports is still a business, the players are viewed as commodities and unfortunately sometimes the bottom line is all that matters to management.
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