At the outset of the postseason, an NBA executive warned that Rodney Hood is “not built for” the playoffs.
Now the Cavaliers wing is living up to that pronouncement.
Not only has the Cavaliers’ midseason trade acquisition played like total ass in his limited minutes, but on Monday night he threw a fit on the bench.
Instead, Hood refused to go in, multiple sources confirmed. A number of veterans huddled around him during the timeout and tried talking sense into him, but Hood still refused to go, so Jose Calderon subbed into the game instead.
Not a great look for a guy shooting 39.6 percent from the field and 13.3 percent from three in the postseason. This is Carmelo Anthony levels of lacking self-awareness.
And it’s understandably pissing his teammates off.
“This is the playoffs,” an anonymous Cavs player said. “We’re trying to win a championship. This isn’t about you.”
Not exactly an issue LeBron James and Co. want to have to address heading into the Eastern Conference finals.
Bron when he sees Rodney Hood stroll into the locker room next practice pic.twitter.com/JF9WbU6jt6
— Master Pain (@ilmrdubwi) May 8, 2018
But even from a selfish standpoint, Hood’s impression of a toddler asked to eat his vegetables is colossally dumb.
A soon-to-be restricted free agent who was also terrible in last year’s playoffs, Hood is tanking what little value he still has. Few teams would take a risk on a guy with a history of eating it in the postseason. Even fewer would do so for someone who abandons his teammates on the biggest stage.
If he thinks he’s disappointed now, Hood should wait until he sees what contracts he’s offered this summer.