Rodney Hood Refused To Enter Game 4 In 4th Quarter
Rodney Hood Refused To Enter Game 4 In 4th Quarter
Cavs' Rodney Hood Angered His Teammates & Possibly Lost The Locker Room After His Game 4 Stunt
09 May, 2018, 01:00
While the Cavs bask in the afterglow of a second round sweep, everything for the three-time defending Eastern Conference champs isn't peaches and cream.
Rodney Hood, whom the Cavs traded for at the deadline, reportedly refused to enter the contest in the fourth quarter of Monday night's blowout. It was the first time since joining the Cavs that Hood was clearly out of the rotation - and rightfully so.
The Cleveland Cavaliers destroyed the Toronto Raptors to sweep their way into the Eastern Conference finals yet again, but there may be some tension inside the Cavs' locker room after Rodney Hood refused to enter Game 4 in the fourth quarter Monday. "This is the playoffs", one of his teammates reportedly said.
Hood was the only player not to play in Game 4, though the Cavs do not view what he did as an act of defiance, a source said.
The Athletic first reported that Hood had angered teammates and others in the organization by rejecting coach Tyronn Lue's instruction to enter the game.
Hood will be a restricted free agent this summer. He has only reached double figures in scoring once, in Game 6 against the Indiana Pacers, and averaged just 11.5 minutes in the previous four games before Monday.
He played 10:38 in Game 3. "It was a great opportunity for a struggling youngster to try to find his rhythm without any pressure before the next series".
It goes on: "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".
"Hood refused to go in, multiple sources confirmed".
Lloyd notes that Cavs general manager Koby Altman intends to meet with Hood to discuss the matter. Hood balked, and his refusal to play put him at odds with his team.
Hood has struggled since Cleveland acquired him at the National Basketball Association trade deadline. The 25-year-old is averaging 4.6 points in 17 minutes and hasn't looked comfortable in Cleveland's offense.
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