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ASUCatfan
11-24-2003, 02:37 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=1669704

I bet Richard Jefferson feels like a huge prick now, and rightfully so. Imagine making fun of someone for having a life threatening disease, having it publicised and then finding out that it was way more serious than anyone knew. I hope this makes him think twice before being a dick in the future. I've lost a lot of respect for RJ.
As for Alanzo, this has to be terrible for him. He had so much potential to be a hall of famer. If he hadn't gotten sick, he could have been great. I wish the best for him and I hope he has a successful transplant soon. I wonder if he and Sean Elliot speak about such matters.

Officer Craig
11-24-2003, 02:41 PM
So does he get to keep his 22 mil contract he just signed a couple months ago???

sporto
11-24-2003, 03:33 PM
ASU-

You seem to be forgeting that Martin was the one in the tiff with Mourning. RJ made one comment about how slow Mourning was in the drill and that it was "hilarious" (after AM said it was not funny). In hind-sight, the comment was child-ish and ill-timed, but relatively harmless in the grand scheme of things. Not sure if your tirade concerning RJ was justified.


Here is a blurb from the paper on the incident:


Mourning, Martin almost come to blows

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New Jersey Nets teammates Alonzo Mourning and Kenyon Martin nearly came to blows at practice on Thursday.


According to several published reports, Mourning was last in his group to the finish line at the end of grueling conditioning drills and heard laughter from players.


Mourning approached them and shouted as part of a profanity-filled outburst "This ain't funny. This is about winning."


Richard Jefferson, a third-year forward who was laughing, told Mourning that it wasn't funny, it was "hilarious."


Martin also mocked Mourning's recent performance on the court and said Mourning wouldn't have to run if he would improve his rebounding. Mourning responded by questioning the leadership and toughness of Martin.


Mourning signed with the Nets after kidney disease cost him all of last season and nearly the entire 2000-01 season. But he took a shot at Martin, who recently missed five games with an ankle injury.


"At least I'm out there on the court, not in the training room. I'm trying to make the best of my time," Mourning reportedly told Martin. "You can't be a leader in the trainer's room crying, 'My ankle, my ankle.'''


Martin was said to have responded with a similar remark about Mourning's kidney ailment.


Mourning didn't immediately react, but when players separated into groups for the next part of practice, he suddenly charged toward Martin before being restrained by teammates.


The team got between the two players before they could get close enough for contact. Nets coach Byron Scott, who watched from the far side of the court, went to Martin and spoke calmly to him.


Practice then resumed with Mourning and Martin not speaking to each other. When it ended, team spokesman Gary Sussman said neither player would be available for comment.


A few minutes after tempers were calmed, according to the Newark Star-Ledger, Martin looked over at Mourning during a break, tapped his chest, gestured toward Mourning, and said, "It's over," in an apparent apology. Mourning nodded but said nothing.


Scott said he will not discipline either player.


"I'm not upset about it," the he told the New York Daily News. "You're talking about two warriors. When it's all said and done, they both understand they have to go to war together."


"Since the time I've been here there's been 10, 11 situations like that, whether it's in the locker room [or] on the floor," Jefferson told the Star-Ledger. "It's just guys, you know, getting after each other, two competitive intense individuals. If you [media] would have walked in 10 minutes later, you wouldn't be able to tell anything, because that's just the way it is: You fight, you argue, it's like a family. You get in a fistfight with your brother, the next day you're hanging out."


Jefferson said he does not know whether Martin crossed the line by commenting on Mourning's kidney disorder.


"Obviously some subjects are more sensitive than others," Jefferson told the Star-Ledger. "But who am I to judge the rules on talking trash? [Trash-talking] goes back to before I was born."

Chicat
11-24-2003, 04:26 PM
Sorry Sporto, but ACF is absolutely right. Jefferson should have felt like a huge dick for laughing at Zo's conditioning even before this announcement. The man has a possibly fatal kidney ailment and yet he's out there trying to play the game that he loves at the highest level, and RJ laughs at him and says that (in essence) the failure of his disease-ravaged body is "hilarious"? Please! What's next? Tripping old ladies or telling a kid in a wheelchair to dance? I loved Jefferson when he played at UofA and I still love watching him light it up night after night for the Nets, but I thought that his comment to Zo was childish and innapropriate to say the least.

AtlantaWildcat
11-24-2003, 04:33 PM
Maybe Zo should have kept the sneaks hung up and not come back this year. The nets would still have Dikembe and a chance in the finals. Martin is the real idiot. F8cking bearcats.

And Dikembe wants sex!