Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Rodney Hood Refused to Enter Game in 4th Quarter, Angered Multiple Teammates

Rodney Hood Refused to Enter Game in 4th Quarter, Angered Multiple Teammates

Game 4 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors will go down as a DNP-CD for Rodney Hood, but it appears to have been anything but a coach's decision.

"An opposing executive texted Lloyd: "(Hood) is not built for this", and now we're seeing why. A number of veterans huddled around him during the timeout and tried talking sense into him, but Hood still refused to go, so Jose Calderon subbed into the game instead.

Hood scored just two points in the first three games of this series and is averaging 4.6 points for the playoffs on.133 shooting from 3-point range.

The stunt certainly raised eyebrows across the organization.

According to Lloyd, Cavs GM Koby Altman plans to meet with Hood to get his side of the story, though there are reports that a suspension could be in play.

"This is the playoffs".

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The Cleveland Cavaliers enjoyed a rout of the Toronto Raptors on Monday night to close out their Eastern Conference semifinals series with a sweep, but not everybody was happy about it. "This isn't about you".

Monday's game, which finished the sweep of the Raptors in front of the home fans, was the ideal chance for Hood to gain some rhythm, with almost nothing at stake and plenty of minutes to hoist from distance.

A native of Meridian, MS, Hood is in his fourth National Basketball Association campaign and his first season with Cleveland.

"When the Cavs called a timeout with a 30-point lead and 7:38 left Monday, (Tyronn) Lue tried inserting Hood for (LeBron) James", writes The Athletic.

Hood "feels very bad", according to the source, and he plans to apologize to his teammates and coaching staff in person as soon as they get back together after a couple days off following a 4-0 sweep of the Raptors in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Hood balked, and his refusal to play put him at odds with his team. Hood joined the team in February as a part of the Cavaliers massive shake-up just before the trade deadline.

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