Sure we still get attached to players (eg. Brandon Roy), pero para sakin naman baligtad - I don't understand how people can switch teams just because their favorite player switched teams also. To me it's so... trivial.
In the context of local basketball, those who rooted for Jawo didn't just drop their affinity for Ginebra when he retired (at least most of them). Same for those who rooted for Patrimonio and Purefoods. They're still the two most popular PBA teams today because of fans who became loyal to them at the heydey of their star players.