Gary Neal Is Just A Tiny Bit Jealous Of His Ex-Teammates
We get it. There is nothing more important to NBA players than how fat their wallet is. Every player wants to max out and we understand it. Playing a professional sport is limiting in nature, so make your millions now before something devastating happens. It's why we can't blame a player for always going where the money is. The salary cap in the NBA jumped this year and we saw many ludicrous contracts given out. This jump has allowed marginal NBA players to get paid in a major way. And now Gary Neal wants his.
Neal, the former Washington Wizards guard, took to Facebook yesterday to wonder how the hell he hasn't signed a contract yet, while some of his other ex-teammates have. Especially his ex-teammates that came off the bench with him.
Yeah, calling out your boys probably isn't the wisest ways to make friends in the NBA. This is nothing new though for Neal unfortunately. Evidently he has a bit of a reputation as a bad teammate in NBA circles. According to J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic via Pro Basketball Talk, Neal was "all about himself" and a "terrible teammate". J. Michael also had this to say,
"What those numbers don't show is how he wasn't well-received in the Wizards' locker room. He won't like hearing that, but it's true. That's how they felt.
The word "selfish" often was used after postgame losses by various players -- something that was rarely said in the previous two playoff seasons -- and though Neal's name was never used publicly that's who was the primary target. That term also was used by some on the coaching staff.
Teammates complained about his locker room behavior to the point that Drew Gooden, CSNmidatlantic.com was told by someone there at the time, asked, "What is wrong with that dude?" He rubbed some players the wrong way because, it was interpreted, all of Neal's concerns about the offense involved getting himself better statistics so he could get paid this summer."
So that's probably not going to help Neal's case to come close to matching the contracts of Garrett Temple, Ramon Sessions, Jared Dudley or Nene, the men he referenced in his Facebook post. Neal is in search of his sixth NBA team and it's clear at least one of the reasons why is his attitude. Through his career, Neal has shown to be an effective scorer, averaging almost ten points a game, while shooting over 40% from behind the arc.
We are confident someone will take a chance on Neal because talent always wins out. But being a good teammate certainly would give him more chances. Hell, that has to be the reason Sasha Vujacic is back in the NBA..again.
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