Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Rodney Hood refused to play in garbage time, won't be disciplined

Rodney Hood refused to play in garbage time, won't be disciplined

As reported by Jason Lloyd at The Athletic, Cavaliers swingman Rodney Hood refused to enter the game in the fourth quarter, despite pleas for him to do so from his coach and some veteran teammates.

According to Bleacher Report, Hood turned down an opportunity to play the final seven-plus minutes of the fourth quarter.

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"This is not him as a person at all, he's a team player and wants what's best for the team", one source familiar with the discussion told Vardon.

The Cavaliers expected Hood to be a solid three-and-D player, but as of now, he struggled to make himself fit in LeBron James' team. Hood started Game 1 of the Cavs' first-round series against the Pacers, scoring nine points in a 98-80 loss.

But with an apology to the team forthcoming and the Cavaliers seemingly uninterested in punishing Hood with a suspension or fine, it's possible that the team could put this all behind them in short order.

Hood is only averaging 4.6 points and 17.0 minutes in 11 playoff games this postseason. However, Hood refused to enter the game which reportedly angered some of his teammates. But with an attitude unbecoming of a player that's part of a championship contender aside from his poor play, Hood's chances of a lucrative deal may have vanished into thin air.

The Cavs advanced to the Eastern Conference finals by sweeping the Raptors.

According to Lloyd, Cavs general manager Koby Altman plans on meeting with Hood to hear his side of the story before making a decision on his future with the team moving forward.

After his trade to the Cavs, Hood averaged 10.8 points on 44.2 percent shooting (35.2 percent from 3), 2.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 21 regular-season games.

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