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Ed Davis on being traded
Ed Davis says he was hurt by trade from Toronto Raptors, but has moved on | NBA | Sports | National Post
How have your last two weeks been?
Obviously, the trade was a surprise. Iím just trying to fit in here and get used to the system and feel my way around.
What was your initial reaction to the trade? Had you heard about the rumours beforehand?
I heard the rumours. I didnít really think much of it. Especially because it was my first time being traded, I didnít know what to expect. When it first happened, I was hurt. Coming in the locker room, it was tough on me. But thatís over with. Iím just looking forward to this team and going to the playoffs.
Did it teach you the business side of the league?
Like I said, I was surprised. I didnít think I was going to be traded. But everything happens for a reason.
Is it tough to play for the Grizzlies, playing behind Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol?
In a way, but Iím just trying to learn a lot from them. Iím just really trying to gain everything I can from them, especially two all-stars, watching everything they do and picking up things from them.
What was your first conversation like with coach [Lionel] Hollins?
Just play hard and be aggressive and everything will work out.
In the aftermath of the trade in Toronto, a lot of people said you put yourself in a position to be traded for a player like Rudy Gay because of your good season. Did that provide any solace?
I never really looked at it like that. After the trade, I was like, ĎAll right, Iím with a new team now. Iíll try to get in the rotation and try to help the team out.í
Whatís the transition been like?
Itís been a little tough. Especially playing behind two all-stars, sometimes the minutes are not there. Iím just coming in every day and working hard. My time will come.
How has the transition been off the court?
Thatís the easy stuff. You have people to help you do that. Thatís the easy stuff.
Does it hurt particularly because youíd made a home in Toronto, and become close with DeMar [DeRozan] and Amir [Johnson]?
Especially just the relationship I have with DeMar. Weíre best friends. Not being around him every day, itís tough. Like you said, itís the business. Youíve just got to take it as it is.
Have you and DeMar been exchanging texts leading up to this game?
We talk every day, on the phone or text messages or whatever. I look forward to seeing him.
Will it be strange to be out there playing against them?
It will be at first. After that, it will be straight.
Whatís the day been like, being back here?
Itís been kind of weird, especially coming in and driving past my own spot. Iím just looking forward to the game tonight.
Does being only a few weeks removed from the trade add to the emotional aspect of the game?
Especially just seeing all the people who work here, being in the city of Toronto after I was gone for two-and-a-half or three weeks or whatever, itís tough. But itís a business. It is what it is.