Just like NBA fans, NBA players were shocked and excited early Saturday morning. (No, not like that. What is wrong with you people?)
When a bleary-eyed David Stern and Billy Hunter sat side-by-side in a NYC conference room about 3:30 Saturday morning to announce a deal, the NBA players who were up got the news and sounded like guys ready to go back to work.
Rockets guard Kevin Martin had a good line in talking with Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated — and a great reaction to the news.
“I had to turn on the NBA channel and then I realized that what [former Sacramento head coach] Reggie Theus said about nothing good happening after 2 a.m. wasn’t so true after all,” said Martin, the eight-year veteran who publicly called for an end to the lockout in early November. “I was just happy that there was a breakthrough and that we have a chance to do what we love to do.”
So naturally, he did just that — almost immediately. An hour later, Martin, who wasn’t about to go back to sleep, was working out in his favorite local gym.
Most NBA players took to twitter to express their joy.
There is this tweet from Kyrie Irving, the No. 1 overall pick set to start his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“The journey now begins!!”
And then there are these three tweets from Kevin Durant, Kevin Love and Hassan Whiteside.