After the Chicago Bulls lost to the Atlanta Hawks last night, Bulls stars Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade had some harsh words to share about their teammates.
Both All-Stars shared similar feelings about a lack of heart and a lack of passion for winning in their locker room. Today, controversial Bulls guard Rajon Rondo responded on Instagram in a lengthy caption underneath a picture of him and his longtime teammates Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.
Read the scathing post below.
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.
Rondo does not mention Wade or Butler by name, but the intention is pretty clear. The first-year Bulls guard seems to have taken his teammates’ comments pretty personally despite the fact that he barely played in the 119-114 loss, notching three points and three assists with only one shot attempt in the ten minutes he was on the court.
The former Boston Celtic has already expressed his desire to leave Chicago multiple times, but this only shows deeper divides in the Chicago locker room than the ones already made public.
This tirade from Rondo and the brutal loss to the Hawks is the cherry on top of a brutal week for the Bulls which saw Wade openly pondering leaving Chicago in the offseason, and guard Michael Carter-Williams suggest he may want to be traded elsewhere after being benched in favor of Jerian Grant.
The Bulls have a chance to get things headed in the right direction when they play the Miami Heat tomorrow. But with all of the infighting among the team, the more relevant date may be the trade deadline, which is Feb. 23.