On Wednesday, with Bell's absence for the rest of the season acertainty after he declined to sign his one-year, $14.5-millionfranchise tender , they exhaled And pillaged.
Bell's teammates invaded www.wtam.com/listenhis locker after practice, helpingthemselves to whatever they wanted - or at least whatever fit -with Bell's career in Pittsburgh all but over. It wasn't personal.Just business. A celebration of sorts to honor - they hope anyway -the last time they'll have to answer questions about Bell'sunorthodox approach, one that included leaving his teammates in thedark about his plans.
''I think we all just assumed he'd be here and it'd be the same asthe year before,'' guard David DeCastro said. ''It amazes me inthis day and age when you can tweet about things but you can't talkto each other. You're so connected, but you're disconnected at thesame time. It's really interesting when you think about it from thebig picture side of it. After that it is what it is, you stopworrying about it and you just move on.''
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