Lin: 'It's weird coming to practice'
Visibly shaken from the trades on Wednesday night, Jeremy Lin still was adjusting a day later to the trades the Rockets made.
Even though Houston came back dramatically in the fourth quarter to knock off one of the NBA's best teams in the Thunder in a game where he excelled with 29 points, six rebounds, and eight assists, Lin had this to say afterwards in the locker room about finding out Patrick Patterson, Toney Douglas, Cole Aldrich, and Marcus Morris had been shipped off.
"That was just pretty much the worst thing," Lin said on Wednesday night. "It sucks because we were a close-knit team and we actually really, really care about everybody that got shipped off and it was just really emotional for me. I mean, to be honest, I was like, 'I don't really even want to play. I don't want to play tonight.' Yeah, it was really emotional, so I wish them the best. It just sucks to see them go, but I guess it's part of the business, but that's the tough part for me.
"It means a lot to get a win, but to be honest, it hurts," he said. "It's bittersweet. Tonight (Wednesday night) is definitely going to be bittersweet. We shipped off four guys and they're all a big part of our team and I'm going to miss playing with them. So yeah, I'm happy we won, but it really just sucks, to be honest."
After Thursday's practice, he was asked if the shock had worn off a bit.
"Kind of, not really," Lin said. "It's weird coming to practice and we'll go on the plane and (not) sit next to Toney (Douglas). It's still weird. I'm just not that used to trades just yet, being younger in the league, so it's different, but I got a chance to talk to and see some of the guys last night, so I think everyone's doing well.
"It's tough. We're kind of just trying to figure it out on the fly right now. And welcome to our new power forward, Carlos Delfino, so we'll see what he has on the block," Lin said with a joking smile. "So we're just going to go out there and improvise and just play hard. We're explosive and we're young and we have a chance. And I think we're learning more each and every game. I also think we have guys who haven't been able to play as much, but are capable."