Though the Houston Rockets clearly won Wednesday’s Thomas Robinson/Patrick Patterson deal – acquiring a young forward whose work on a rookie contract will last longer than Patterson’s will, gaining more cap space along the way – it’s easy to forget that the teams involved in such deals have no real interest in who wins or loses these things. That the coaches don’t really care about summertime cap flexibility when they have to call on that first big man off the bench in February, and that players may actually have lasting relationships with any or all of the “assets” dealt.
Jeremy Lin, in the hours after Wednesday night’s thrilling Rockets/Oklahoma City Thunder bash-fest, was pretty despondent despite the win and despite perhaps his best game as a member of the Rockets. It’s clear that the first-year Houston guard was more than a little bummed about losing Patterson, Toney Douglas, Cole Aldrich and Marcus Morris (in another deal, with Phoenix) in swift succession. From CSN Houston:
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“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.”