Marcus Camby had said to anyone that would listen he did not want to be traded. That he wanted to be a Clipper next year. Apparently he really likes In-n-Out.
Because when he found out he was about to be traded to the Portland Trail Blazers, he wasn’t thrilled.
In town in advance of their Tuesday game against the Trail Blazers, the Clippers were having a team dinner at Portland’s Ringside steakhouse Monday night when Camby received a call on his cell phone from Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard. Pritchard informed Camby that he will likely be traded to Portland once the league finalizes the deal on Tuesday.
After taking the call, Camby immediately walked out of the restaurant. A source close to him says he is “very upset” about the trade.
Camby is a professional, he will report to Portland, maybe tomorrow in time to take on his old team. It won’t take long to find out that playing with Brandon Roy is a lot fun. His Clipper teammates, who were not happy to lose the popular center, will get over it as well.
But sometimes we forget these players are people, who have families, friends, homes, friends, and places they like and want to live. They get paid well to play a game, but uprooting and moving for something beyond your control – moving from a place you love – is never fun.