A touching post-trade tribute to Rockets legend Joel Anthony

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The Houston Rockets, a franchise defined by its legacy of elite centers, bid farewell to one of the greats on Thursday:

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Now, granted: the Rockets had only employed him for about three hours, after receiving him along with a protected first-round pick in a deal that sent big man Donatas Motiejunas and reserve guard Marcus Thornton to the Detroit Pistons ...

... but that doesn't mean the 33-year-old veteran didn't make an impact on the Rockets fanbase. Just check out this moving tribute to Anthony posted after his exit Thursday:

Truly touching stuff and, I think, a fitting tribute to all that Anthony contributed to the Rockets organization. If you want to share your favorite jogs down Joel Memory Lane, I suggest doing it in the Official Joel Anthony Appreciation Thread over at ClutchFans. It's important to come together as a community in times like these. Weep not for the memories, y'all.

Hat-tip to r/NBA.

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