Clippers Talk Marcus Camby
One of those weird NBA situations. You fly into town a member of the L.A. Clippers, you end the day a Portland Trail Blazer. You leave a partially eaten steak at the table, take a stroll around downtown on one of the nicest days of the year (at least so far), answer some questions, tour your new team's digs, watch your new team beat up on your old team. I won't pretend to know what Marcus was going to do after that. Head to the hotel? Find a 24-hour big and tall clothing store to find something to wear tomorrow? Beats me.
Such is life near the trade deadline. I suppose it's better to get traded to a team in a city you're already in than it is to be on a road trip, get traded, then find your way to your new team as your old team picks up and heads on to the next stop. At least this way you save a bit on airfare and have an extra day to get acclimated to your surroundings before practice the next morning.
But it is a bit weird, especially when your old teammates, who were just beaten by your new teammates, have to answer questions about what it's like playing without you. As you might expect, Camby's teammates had nothing but positive things to say about their former fellow Clipper. Here's what a few of them had to say.
INTERIM COACH KIM HUGHES
“We’ll miss him tremendously. We’ll miss his calmness, he’s going to be there on the weak side sinking and filling, he’s going to take a lot of pressure off guys defensively. When they get beat he’s going to clean it up, so it makes us a much better defensive team.”
“Defensively, that’s been our strongest player. He’s a rebounder and shot blocker, but I thought DeAndre came in and did a great job, getting rebounds and getting all those dunks.”
“He’s a guy in transition that helps us on offense and defense. He’s one of our main leaders on our team, even though he doesn’t get publicity like a lot of other guys do, he’s a helper.”