http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/Co...geid=971358637177&c=Article&cid=1112395811728CHARLOTTE, N.C.—The already fragile relationship between Jalen Rose and Rafer Alston, both flawed but strong-willed Raptors frustrated by the team's tumultuous season, has grown even more strained.
Responding to thinly veiled criticisms of him offered by Rose in the wake of a particularly disheartening loss in Orlando on Wednesday night, Alston lit into his teammate yesterday.
"That night he said that, coach (Sam Mitchell) had opened the floor for anybody to say anything and this man chose not to saying anything to the players, but ... then he talked to the media and he bashes us as players and myself? That's not right," Alston said.
Rose criticized his teammates for being selfish at times and not fully committed to winning or playing "winning basketball."
He did not name names but it was evident he had, as he's had most of the season, Alston in mind.
"A lot of us are like, `What do you mean?'" said Alston. "So you're the only one playing hard? We all know that's not the case."
Alston was so upset he referred to his teammate by name only once in a 10-minute conversation with reporters, twice referring to Rose as simply "that man."
The only time he used his name was when he was asked if the players need to discuss Rose's concerns with him.
I think the article is blowing up the situation a bit out of proportion. I really don't like the suggestion that Doug Smith made at the end of the article. Rose coming off the bench again, to solve the issue between him and Rafer? That would only cause more problems.