CLEVELANDBulls rookie Marquis Teague must feel lucky that he wasnt drafted by Cleveland. Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott is forcing his teams rookiesstarter Dion Waiters, reserve big man Tyler Zeller and recent D-League call-up Kevin Jonesto tote around baby dolls in carriages, a step up from the trend of pink backpacks.
Backup point guard Nate Robinson talked about his own experiences as an NBA rookie before the game, as well as the Bulls treatment of youngsters, with Teague quietly listening alongside him.
I didnt have to do the baby stuff. We make our rook do some stuff, like bring soap and make sure guys have deodorant, and washing stuff, stuff like that. He doesnt have to wear any pink backpack because at the end of the day, hes a grown man like everybody else. Theres just some things that some rookies have to do. Theyve got to pay home, not just to us, but all the players that played in the league before us, he said. Our rookie does a great job. We ask him to do something, he does it. He doesnt rebel. Its not like, Oh, no. you go do it. Then, thats when the pink backpacks and stuff like that come in, when they rebel on stuff we ask them to do.
I had to do a lot. I had a lot of vets that were big on the rookie hazing, but guys here are pretty laid back with it and just ask him to do light stuff. But I had to do a lot of stuff, Robinson recounted. The worst thing I probably I had to dobecause me, I was a clown, so I didnt really mind all the funny stuff we had to dobut I think one of the things I didnt like was one day at a practice, a couple times at practice and shootaround, the guys would kick the ball all the way up to the top of the stadium and we had to go get the balls. That sucked.