Jamario Moon thought he was in for a compliment. As well as he has been playing in his rookie year, who could blame him? Sam Mitchell, though, had other ideas.
Mitchell was asked in his post-practice media scrum whether he had spoken to Moon about his reluctance to drive to the hoop.
His response was comical.
"One second, let me ask him," Mitchell said before yelling to Moon, who was shooting free throws. "Jamario. Did we talk about you driving to the basket.?"
Moon replied with a "Yup."
"Did you get it?," Mitchell said.
"I got it," Moon answered.
Mitchell was upset that Moon, with all his speed, energy and hops, had not made one drive to the basket in the past two games.
"I asked him in front of the whole team," Mitchell said. "I said, 'Jamario, did you know you have set a new NBA record?' He started smiling. I said 'It's not blocked shots, it's not rebounds. It's playing eighty minutes in two consecutive games and not attempting one free throw. That's got to be a record.'
"That's when his smile turned into a frown. I then told him I had one more record for him. He does that again and it's going to be a record how quickly I have him sitting beside me (on the bench)."
Turns out Mitchell was cutting Moon a little slack. He actually hasn't gotten to the line in three games.
EASY BEING GREEN NOW
Don't expect to hear Mitchell praising the lesser-known Boston Celtics any time soon no matter what numbers the likes of Rajon Rondo, Eddie House, James Posey or any other Celtics outside of the big three put up.
"You are playing with three guys who are getting all the attention so you are going to get a lot more open looks," Mitchell said.