There are many ways to end a relationship with someone from a phone call to an email or a meeting in person. Well, New York Knicks guard Larry Hughes was not happy about how the Chicago Bulls dealt with trading him to the New York Knicks.
Before getting traded to New York, the only contact from the Bulls was a text message.
Here is the full story from the Chicago Daily Herald:
In an interview with the New York Daily News, Hughes had a complaint with how things ended with the Bulls. He didn’t play after Jan. 12, when Kirk Hinrich returned from a thumb injury.
“I got a text message from the GM (John Paxson) – that’s it,” he said. “It was one line saying they appreciated my patience and wishing me good luck. I thought I’d get a courtesy call. They do it in every workplace, every day. When management sends you off, they give you a courtesy call.
“There’s no relationship (with coach Vinny Del Negro). I didn’t start, but that wasn’t the issue. You can’t start all the time. I understand that. And I voiced that. The issue was that he didn’t give me a shot to be out there to contribute.”
That’s pretty rough. You would think that the NBA team would have more class to at least have a meeting with a player if he was getting cut or traded. I totally get why Hughes is a little peeved by the spurn, you are at least deserved a phone call if a trade is occurring.
In our current age of technology, many things have replaced the phone call from AIM to an email, Facebook/Myspace messages, and even Twitter. (By the way have you joined our Twitter feed at ThatNBAPick?) Albeit, these are more efficient ways of contact with people but nothing in the end replaces a good old-fashion call from your Blackberry or Iphone.
At least what we and the Chicago Bulls should learn from this, Larry Hughes should have at least been given the courtesy call to tell him, “We’re Just Not Into You.”
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