That's what made Lin's comments on Wednesday so surprising.
The Houston Rockets traded youngsters Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich and Toney Douglas to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday in a deal for rookie power forward Thomas Robinson (per CSN Houston). They also traded Marcus Morris to the Phoenix Suns for a second-round pick.
After the Rockets' spectacular 122-119 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, Lin talked about the trade, via the CSN Houston report:
“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.”
To Lin's credit, he posted 29 points, eight assists, six rebounds and two steals on Wednesday night despite the trades. Still, he needs to understand that the Rockets may have made the team better in the long run with the deals on Wednesday. Going on and talking to the media about how much you regret the trades is missing the point and essentially creating controversy around the team when there should be none.
Lin should know better than anyone that these trades weren't personal. Lin bounced around the league before exploding with the New York Knicks last season, only to change teams again in the offseason. He's seen the business side of the NBA and sometimes it isn't pretty.
But, in the end, the NBA is a business and Lin should be applauding the moves the Rockets made on Wednesday instead of creating negative publicity. Houston now sets itself up better for free agency in the summer (if they decline Francisco Garcia's team option after the season), making room for more improvements to a roster that may already be playoff-bound.
Everything is going well right now in Houston, but Lin continues to be a polarizing figure in the NBA.