The latest example? The Thunder center calling his hip injury “Australopithecus afarensis.”
Fred Katz of The Norman Transcript:
I hope Adams is prepared for Katz’s hard-hitting follow-up questions.
In their highly publicized sit-down, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal discussed their first fist fight.
Kobe went into even more of the fun details on Jimmy Kimmel Live (of course, building up the Legend of Kobe in the process).
Allen said the issue stems from him trying to have Rondo stop a trade of the pair to the Suns in 2009.
It came up again during the 2010-11 season. In a team meeting, Allen writes, Rondo told his teammates, “I carried all of you to the championship in 2008.”
Allen continued: “The rest of the team, almost in unison, responded, ‘You what?’” Rondo said everyone on the team had problems with him, and when Allen told him, “None of us had issues with you,” Rondo said to him, “You did, too. You told me I was the reason we were going to be traded.”
Allen describes Rondo as a player who expected that he would be treated as a leader without having done the work to deserve the role, and describes the Celtics as an organization that could not figure out how to handle Rondo. Coach Doc Rivers asked Garnett and Allen to “let [Rondo] into the circle,” but Allen told Rivers, “We can’t make him a leader, Doc. He has to earn it.”
Allen details the famed incident during the Celtics’ playoff series against Miami in 2011, when Rivers was going over film with the team and pointing out some of the errors made during their losses in the first two games. Rondo “put his head down and turned his chair toward the lockers.” Rivers implored him to watch the film.
“F— that film,” Rondo said, according to Allen, hurling a water bottle at the screen and breaking it. Rivers ordered Rondo out. Garnett followed him and said, “Young fella, you need to get your s— together.”
Keep in mind: This is Allen’s perspective, detailed in a new book. Rondo might describe things differently.
Though even Rondo admits he can be difficult.
Rondo didn’t receive enough credit at the time for Boston’s 2008 title. So much of the praise was heaped on stars Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Allen. Rondo, just a second-year player, was also very good and hadn’t yet been recognized for his production.
But that’s not close to saying he carried the Celtics to the championship. He was still their fourth-best player.
And telling his Boston teammates he carried them would be a whole other level. Allen revealing this will probably take his feud with Rondo up a notch, too.
Not a great day for veteran shooting guards on tanking teams.
Earlier today, Atlanta Hawks guard/forward Kent Bazemore, who left last night’s game vs. Chicago during the second quarter with a knee injury, underwent an MRI at the Emory Sports Medicine Complex, which revealed a bone bruise in his right knee. He will miss the remainder of the season. Additionally, guard Jaylen Morris sprained his left ankle in yesterday’s game. He will miss approximately two-to-four weeks.
The Hawks are unsurprisingly much worse without Bazemore, a capable veteran. They’ve gotten outscored by 6.5 points per 100 possessions without him, down from -3.7 per 100 with him.
Atlanta (20-47) is tied for the NBA’s third-worst record. This should only help in the tank race.
The Mavericks are tanking.
Solid veteran shooting guard Wesley Matthews is unlikely to remain an impediment.
Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:
This probably the pushes the 31-year-old with major injury history even further toward exercising his $18,622,514 player option for next season. Financially, opting in was already clearly the right move, though Matthews could choose to join a better team. But to do so would could require taking an even larger pay cut now.