Rajon Rondo Rips Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler: ‘If Anything Is Questionable, It’s the Leadership’


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On Wednesday night, Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade turned to the media to trash every member of the Chicago Bulls not named Butler or Wade.

And while this Instagram post from Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo doesn't name Chicago's two leading scorers explicitly, it's quite clear given the timing that he's comparing the leaders of his current team to those of his championship-winning 2008 Boston Celtics.

Here's a transcript:

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.

While players are blaming each other, the true culprit for this lackluster Bulls season is somehow safe from criticism—the front office that thought a pair of aging, ball-dominant guards that hate each other would succeed in a secondary role behind a younger, better version of themselves in Butler.