To discuss Thursday’s trade between the Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets, I got together with Michael Schwartz, author of Valley of the Suns, ESPN TrueHoop’s Phoenix Suns affiliate. What ensues is the transcript of our discussion:
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It was a strange feeling when I walked into the lockerroom last night following the Rockets’ win over New Jersey. For the past four months, everytime I had stepped foot into that sacred space, I knew that despite not knowing what I could possibly ask anyone else that could be of any personal interest, there would always be something to inquire of small forward Shane Battier. For the first time in four months, the middle locker in the room’s right side was vacant. There was no man in khakis and cardigan, cartoonishly foreign to his surroundings. Yes, Shane Battier, the very symbol of an entire era in Rockets history, is now gone and with him has departed a fountain of knowledge that so many in my trade came to take for granted. There was so much more to ask him that will never have the chance.