In light of the recent comments made by star wings Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler following the Chicago Bulls‘ 119-114 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night, point guard Rajon Rondo took to Instagram to give some due criticism on his veteran players.
Rondo spared no words when it came to Wade and Butler, who scorched the rest of their teammates implying they don’t care about the outcome of the game and aren’t playing as hard as they are in a night-to-night basis.
Numbers-wise, the two put up 33 and 40 points respectively, with the rest of the starting lineup only mustering 12 points combined against the Hawks. The Bulls have now lost three of their last five games and six of their last 10.
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 even snuck up a shot to head coach Fred Hoiberg, who benched him toward the very end of last year after the team made acquiring him the top priority last summer.
“I played for one of the greatest coaches, and he held everyone accountable.”
As the season unfolds, Chicago seems like a cauldron of torments from every angle, going from a firmly structured franchise centered around defense under Tom Thibodeau to a dysfunctional carrousel with Hoiberg’s tinkering ways.