Hatred. Pure hatred. I don’t care that he helped my beloved Celtics win two championships, and I don’t care about his, “Climb on my back” game. I have utter hatred for Cedric “Cornbread” Maxwell.
How could I not, when he hates the god I worship and once said Dirk Nowitzki was better than said god? How could I not hate Cedric, when he became the regular season Rasheed Wallace in the 1985 Finals and drew the ire of his entire team? (Boston Globe)
“He got his money and he quit,’’ said Bird. [...]
“He did quit on us,’’ said No. 33. “You can ask everybody. Everybody was mad at Max in the Finals that year. It was disruptive. You get a chance to win a championship . . .
“It was about him not wanting to play more, more than anything else. I like Max. But he quit. I’ve said it to him a million times. He quit on us. He says I quit on him, but that trade – I didn’t have nothing to do with it.’’
I won’t get into how ridiculous it is to say Dirk is better than Larry Bird, but I WILL say that — after reading today’s LA Times piece about Cornbread — I really wish I liked the guy. He seems to hate the Lakers almost as badly as I do.
“There was a time, if I saw a Laker on fire and I was holding a glass of water, I’d drink the water,” said Maxwell. [...]
“There was a time I couldn’t say the name ‘ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’ without throwing up,” Maxwell said. [...]
“I remember after I was traded to the Clippers, I spent the whole year being booed by my home fans, so I guess ‘hated in L.A.’ is a good way to put it,” he said. (Editor’s note: Or they just realized he didn’t give a rat’s ass.)
This was the guy who walked across the foul line in Game 4 in 1984 with his hands around his neck in a choking motion to taunt James Worthy after he missed a free throw.
“I wish I would have done it more,” Maxwell said. “Did Worthy just miss the shot? Did he choke, or did he choke?”
This was the guy who donned horn-rimmed glasses and threw up a brick to mock Kurt Rambis.
“I got the glasses from one of those kids in the Rambis Youth. What was I supposed to do with them?” he said.
All Cornbread’s hating the Lakers stuff is admirable, it really is. Letting a Laker burn to death, while you drink a glass of water? That’s nothing short of heroic. The classic Beat LA mentality.
I just still can’t get over Cornbread hating on the man who is my basketball god. And by the way, I was kidding about letting Lakers burn being heroic; a real hero would have lit them on fire his damn self.