Kevin Garnett Wants Locker Room Issues Kept Private
After the Celtics lost to the Hawks last week, newly-minted All-Star Rajon Rondo made some statements which hinted at the fact that there may be some locker room issues preventing the team from being its best.
"I can't really elaborate on it too much, but I think we've just got to be a team with no agendas," Rondo said. "In the locker room, you can feel it. You don't feel like it's the same continuity and camaraderie in the locker room as it was the first year. The first year, it was a crazy spirit in the locker room. But now it doesn't feel the same. It's not the same right now. We've got to find a way to get that back somehow, some way."
These aren't particularly damning comments; we heard similar rumblings last season. And it's mainly due to the fact that as younger players like Rondo and Kendrick Perkins become increasingly important factors in the team's success, they might be growing weary of hearing criticism from veterans like Kevin Garnett. Especially if the vets are either struggling through injuries (like KG), or simply not playing up to expectations (like Ray Allen).
Whatever may or may not be going on in the Celtics' locker room, Garnett wants to make sure it stays there from now on. He said so on Wednesday during his post-game presser, stepping in to answer a question that was directed at Rondo about the team's chemistry.
You don't think that Garnett had a few words with Rondo about this beforehand behind closed doors, do you? Either way, Rondo's acknowledgment (Word!) leads me to believe that this will be the last we hear of any potential locker room issues in Boston this season -- at least publicly, from one of the team's players.