Biggest Crybabies in the NBA This Season
Tom Hanks once said that were was no crying in baseball.
Basketball, however, seems to be a different story, at least this season.
With so many players in the league, one can forget that so many of them are so young. Some players come into the league as teenagers; most enter in their early twenties.
To say maturity can sometimes be an issue is like saying the Los Angeles Lakers are underachieving this season.
Some NBA players can take their immaturity too far, however. Here are some of the biggest crybabies, whiners and most immature players we've seen in the league this season.
Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics
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As good of a point guard as he is, no one will make the mistake of calling Rondo the cleanest player in the NBA.
Accused by opponents of cheap shots, Rondo has always seemed to get a little chippy with opposing players and even referees.
Suspended in the playoffs last season for bumping a referee, Rondo once again crossed the line and contacted an official this January, for which he was once again suspended. His failure to communicate with the league about the incident not only showed his immaturity but also likely led to the suspension.
For someone who whines to the refs as much as Rondo does, one would think he would want them on his side.
Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets
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Williams has seen a drop in production and leadership this season, while the Nets have struggled early and have already gone through a coaching change.
After signing a maximum contract extension this offseason, Williams is putting up just 16.7 points and 7.7 assists while shooting 40.8 percent from the field. He's often looked either tired or uninvolved, despite the fact he's being paid like a top-tier player.
While the points and assists have seen a drop, the excuses have not.
From a report on Williams in ESPNNewYork:
He’s banged up. My confidence is gone. I’m a system player, and I don’t feel comfortable running Avery Johnson’s isolation-heavy offense.
All of the above have been used as explanations as to why Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams hasn’t lived up to his $98 million contract this season.
From Williams in the same article:
I didn’t take any time off. After last season, I never stopped working out. I took a lot of pounding over the last year because even though we had a shortened season, I was over in Istanbul, so I haven’t had a break since before then.
Has Williams offered to give back any of the money Brooklyn has invested in him because of his poor play? No? Then he needs to stop making excuses and start playing like the $100 million man he agreed to be this offseason.
Royce White, Houston Rockets
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The Royce White saga is currently at a stalemate, with Houston suspending their first-round pick for refusing to accept a D-League assignment.
While I don't want to be quick to place blame on White, I would like to know if he's been accepting game checks from the Rockets.
White has a well-documented anxiety disorder that Houston knew about when drafting him, and has seemed willing to work with him and figure out a solution to limit his flying. Despite this, White has yet to play in an NBA game this season and won't even report to the Rocket's D-League affiliate.
While it appears Houston has tried to work out a plan with White while keeping the media out, White has been very vocal on twitter, often criticizing the Rockets organization and coaching staff.
I understand White has a serious medical issue, but why all the criticism and complaining about the organization that took a chance on you when so many others wouldn't? The Rockets seem like they're trying to help White, yet he keeps refusing what they offer.
As someone who could stand up and be a positive face for those who have such severe anxiety issues, White could definitely be representing himself better this season.
Here's hoping the two sides can work something out and White can resume his promising NBA career.
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings
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Oh, Jeez, where to start.
Cousins has been suspended three times already this season, and was most recently ejected from a game against the Dallas Mavericks for a flagrant 2 foul on Vince Carter.
Despite all of this, Cousins came out in a report on SI.com saying that he "hasn't been given a fair chance."
Are you kidding me?
This is the same man (boy?) who has now fought with two different coaches, a teammate and even tried to go after a San Antonio Spurs broadcaster.
DeMarcus, it's time to man up. Take some responsibility for your actions, quit acting like you're innocent and grow up.
All the talent in the world means nothing without the right mind to control it.
Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers
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Howard used to be a pretty likable guy, as he entertained us with his athleticism, good humor and great impressions.
What a difference a year can make.
Quite possibly the most disliked player in the NBA now, Howard has turned into the league's biggest drama queen with the way he handled his exit from the Orlando Magic.
This season it's been no different, as Howard has been quick to criticize teammates while praising himself.
After a loss to the Magic in December, Howard told the Los Angeles Times, "As a team, our effort wasn't there. We have to start the game with energy and play the whole game the same way." And then he added, "I play hard every night."
A true leader would have stood up and taken part of the blame for the loss. Howard instead chose to praise himself while bringing his teammates down.
Chemistry has been an issue all season for the Lakers, and Howard definitely isn't helping the case.