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Rajon Rondo fires back at the Bulls other two alphas

“my veterans”, an Instagram ode.

NBA: Chicago Bulls at Charlotte Hornets Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

In response to the shots fired by Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade in the wake of the Bulls latest collapse, Rajon Rondo fired back.

In an Instagram post highlighted with a picture of himself with former teammates Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, Rondo attacked Wade, Butler and implicitly the coaching staff while defending the Bulls younger players.

My vets would never go to the media. They would come to the team. My vets didn't pick and choose when they wanted to bring it. They brought it every time they stepped in the gym whether it was practice or a game. They didn't take days off. My vets didn't care about their numbers. My vets played for the team.

When we lost, they wouldn't blame us. They took responsibility and got in the gym. They showed the young guys what it meant to work. Even in Boston when we had the best record in the league, if we lost a game, you could hear a pin drop on the bus. They showed us the seriousness of the game.

My vets didn't have an influence on the coaching staff. They couldn't change the plan because it didn't work for them. I played under one of the greatest coaches, and he held everyone accountable. It takes 1-15 to win. When you isolate everyone, you can't win consistently.

I may be a lot of things, but I'm not a bad teammate. My goal is to pass what I learned along. The young guys work. They show up. They don't deserve blame. If anything is questionable, it's the leadership.

By all accounts, Rondo has handled his benching well (though throwing shade back at Hoiberg, no doubt) and has reportedly invested time into the Bulls younger players, even so far as attending a D-League game earlier in the year.