When Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler joined forces in Chicago, many experts believed the Bulls would be bona fide contenders in the Eastern Conference. Well, thus far, things have not gone very well. In fact, both Wade and Butler recently called out some of their own teammates in statements to the media.
After Wedensday night’s loss to the Atlanta Hawks, Wade questioned the efforts of some unnamed teammates:
“I don’t know if people care enough,” he told reporters.
Butler, the team’s main leader and centerpiece, echoed those sentiments:
“We don’t play hard enough. This is your job. I want to play with guys who care.”
Well, it seems Rondo has taken offense to his veteran teammates’ comments, as he recently took to Instagram and posted a scathing response, seemingly directed at Wade and Butler.
Here is what the controversial point guard posted Thursday:
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.
It seems clear Rondo is comparing the Bulls’ current veteran leadership to that of the veterans Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and perhaps even Ray Allen, from their Boston Celtics championship days. Yikes!
While Wade and Butler could have certainly kept their thoughts and feelings in-house, it seems Rondo is simply adding more fuel to the rapidly-growing dumpster fire that is currently taking place in Chicago.