The flailing Chicago Bulls lost to the Atlanta Hawks 119-114 last night, after blowing a nine point lead with three minutes left.
After the game, both Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler criticized their other teammates for lack of effort.
"I'm 35 years old, man. I've got three championships. It shouldn't hurt me more than it hurts these young guys. They have to want it. If they don't want it, then we'll show up and play Friday. Hopefully, we win; if we don't, we [do it] again. Keep it going until the season's over. It has to change. It has to hurt inside to lose games like this. This s--- should f---ing hurt," Wade said.
Jimmy Butler wants the Bulls to care more pic.twitter.com/FshLPDyjuC— Cody Westerlund (@CodyWesterlund) January 26, 2017
"If you're not (mad) after you lose every game, something's wrong," Butler said. ''This is your job. This is supposed to be what you love to do. Not everybody looks at it this way."Everybody assumed Wade and Butler were at least partially criticizing their teammate Rajon Rondo, who always marches to the beat of his own drummer.
So Rondo, who rarely posts on IG, fired back.
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.
So far, Wade has passive aggressively liked Rondo's post.
They acting like lil girls pic.twitter.com/XlQsB9DEl6— yuri (@frenchtoastpapi) January 26, 2017
Bulls management should have seen this coming when they put alpha dogs Rondo, Wade and Butler on the same squad.