(CBS) Rajon Rondo turned the NBA world upside down with his critical words for Bulls stars Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade on Thursday.
A day after Butler and Wade called out the Bulls’ young players and their effort following a fourth-quarter collapse in Wednesday’s 119-114 loss to the Hawks, Rondo took to Instagram and called into question the team’s leadership.
My vets would never go to the media. They would come to the team. My vets didn't pick and choose when they wanted to bring it. They brought it every time they stepped in the gym whether it was practice or a game. They didn't take days off. My vets didn't care about their numbers. My vets played for the team. When we lost, they wouldn't blame us. They took responsibility and got in the gym. They showed the young guys what it meant to work. Even in Boston when we had the best record in the league, if we lost a game, you could hear a pin drop on the bus. They showed us the seriousness of the game. My vets didn't have an influence on the coaching staff. They couldn't change the plan because it didn't work for them. I played under one of the greatest coaches, and he held everyone accountable. It takes 1-15 to win. When you isolate everyone, you can't win consistently. I may be a lot of things, but I'm not a bad teammate. My goal is to pass what I learned along. The young guys work. They show up. They don't deserve blame. If anything is questionable, it's the leadership.
Naturally, the conversation didn’t stop there. The NBA had plenty of reaction to Rondo’s Instagram post.
It’s worth noting that Rondo’s Instagram post was liked by young Bulls forward Bobby Portis and … Wade.
The Bulls’ shootaround Friday morning should be interesting.