For the first time in Kenneth Faried’s four-year NBA career, he will not be teammates with point guard Ty Lawson, who was traded by Denver to Houston this summer.

Faried admits that he was bummed out to see the Nuggets deal away his buddy.

Lawson, meanwhile, is excited for his new opportunity to compete for a title with the Rockets.

Per the Denver Post:

Asked what he thought of the Lawson trade, Faried stayed mostly matter-of-fact.

 

“Basketball,” Faried said. “Nature of the beast. I’m not part of the business side I’m part of the playing side. I just want to get up-and-down and play the game. It hurt me because that was my best friend but it’s the nature of the beast. You’ve got to live with it.”