Imagine, if you will, doing your job, happily clicking over to The Basketball Jones when your boss isn’t looking and basically just being a normal dude. Then one day you come in, your boss calls you in to their office and tells you that you’ve been moved to a new branch of the same company based in Indianapolis and you have two days to move there. (Theoretically, you don’t live in Indianapolis to begin with. If you do, pretend you are moving to Charlotte) Your family and children can come visit, but they’ll probably have to wait until the summer to really settle in. You still have the same job, but everything else is different. Your coworkers, where you wake up in the morning, who you report to — it’s all changed, just like that.
That’s what it’s like being traded in the NBA. It’s a huge change that none of us will never really understand, since we pick where our jobs are and when we’re going to move. In the NBA, that’s not the case, as Grantland’s Jonathan Abrams found out. These guys can be anywhere at any time, with little to no input in to the decision. It’s an excellent read, filled with stories of leaving families behind, guys trying to decide if they should relocate and how hard it is to adjust to a new team and a new town.
Then there’s Nick Young, who says the hardest part of being traded is leaving his swag in D.C.
“We were in New Orleans,” Young said. “I didn’t have no clothes. I brought two outfits for the two games we had on the road. So once I got here, because I couldn’t play the first game, they told me I had to get a suit or something, and I didn’t have a suit. Right now, I’m wearing the same outfit. I can’t be in L.A. without my swag.”
Perfect. Nene’s worried about leaving the only American city he’s ever known, Brian Cook is sad he won’t get to see his kids, Luke Walton and Richard Jefferson had to leave their girlfriends and Nick Young can’t stop thinking about how he left his clothes on the East Coast. This is one of the most Nick Young quotes ever. After all, he is the guy who declared himself “the best dressed man in the NBA.” Lack of swag is a legitimate concern for Nick Young.
Lucky for Nick Young, in this day and age coast-to-coast swag shipment rates are miniscule. I haven’t checked lately, but I’m guessing he can get his swag moved from D.C. to L.A. for maybe $39 plus mileage. For a guy who is so dependent on swag for success, that’s a small price to pay.