People seem to care about this feud. I think it’s being overblown beyond belief, but if you care, here are some new details, courtesy of two great NBA reporters.
First, Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo!:
The procession of trash talk, sources said, pushed into the personal when Rondo was heard to tell Paul, “I’ve got a ring, and you’re never gonna win one.”
A jerky thing to say? Absolutely. But, my god, do people remember the things Larry Bird used to say on the court? In any case, Ray Allen, one of the game’s great statesmen, entered the Hornets locker room and “all but expressed embarrassment” to the Hornets after the game for Rondo’s “increasingly tired act,” Woj reports. (The quotes are Woj’s words). I’m not sure what “all but expressed embarrassment” means, but it probably sounds something like an apology.
The focus is all on Rondo’s “attitude” and “feistiness” and whether he crossed some sort of line with Paul. Again: Larry Bird said things on the court that would make my mother blush, and he is lionized for it now.
Oh, and by the way: Isn’t there some chance that CP3 is a little over-sensitive right now because he’s stuck on a mediocre team which is in turn stuck with an overpaid third banana (Emeka Okafor) for the next half-decade? Wait—did I hear CP3 punched Al Harrington last night?
Via the great Alan Hahn at Newsday:
Chris Paul’s altercation with Celtics guard Rajon Rondo in Sunday’s game in Boston is being reviewed by the NBA, according to an NBA source. And the league might also consider reviewing Paul’s actions during a third quarter scramble for a loose ball with Knicks forward Al Harrington.
What happened? Harrington apparently took out CP’s legs diving for a loose ball, CP fell on top of Harrington and fired off what Hahn calls a few “jabs” during the mini-scrum.
Sure sounds like CP3 is a little testy lately, doesn’t it?
I implore everyone: Let’s just please move on.