So, um, I guess Delonte West isn’t the only guy with psychological issues who Celtics fans desperately want. Sick.
Rudy Fernandez was so effed up last season in Portland that there were night he didn’t even want to go in the game. Seriously. (Don’t bother with the link. Translation from HoopsHype.)
If I could return to Europe I’d be thrilled. But, at the same time, if I could decide my future and some NBA team could assure me some minutes and the team played a way that fits my game, then I’d like to continue playing in the States. Right now it’s 50-50.
“It’s more like we’re trying to talk with (the Blazers) and make them understand my position. And let’s make clear I understand theirs too. We have to come to an agreement and find a way out as soon as possible. I made a great effort going to the States, making less money that I would in Europe. This season, I decided with my agents that the best thing was to try to get traded so I could be on another team with more playing time.
“Not to the point of being depressed, but I’ve been pretty fucked up psychologically . I didn’t feel comfortable on the court and sometimes I preferred to stay on the bench. I didn’t feel capable of helping the team and that’s very tough to handle for any player.”
I don’t know about you guys, but the second I hear a prospective Celtic utter the words “Not to the point of being depressed, but I’ve been pretty fucked up psychologically” is when I start to think about other options. Right now, Larry Hughes is looking great.
… Just kidding, guys. I haven’t completely lost my mind. Larry Hughes is still looking like, well, like Larry Hughes. And call me crazy, but I’d take the “pretty fucked up psychological mess who prefers staying on the bench to going in the game” over Larry Hughes any day of the week and twice on Sundays.
Still, Rudy wouldn’t be swimming in playing time in Boston and you have to wonder whether he’s mentally strong enough to play a bench role. I have this saying about bench players. It goes a little something like this: They have to be confident enough to think they should be playing more minutes but team-oriented enough not to care. It takes a seriously confident dude to thrive in a bench role, knowing his minutes aren’t guaranteed from game to game. It seems like Rudy isn’t that type of guy.
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