Hood "feels very bad", according to the source, and he plans to apologize to his teammates and coaching staff in person as soon as they get back together after a couple days off following a 4-0 sweep of the Raptors in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Cleveland Cavaliers' Rodney Hood reacts during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Friday, April 6, 2018, in Philadelphia.
Monday night was a good one for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals with a win in Game 4 against the Toronto Raptors. "We're trying to win a championship", an unnamed Cavaliers player told The Athletic about Hood's behavior.
According to Jason Lloyd of The Athletic, head coach Tyronn Lue called on Hood to check in for LeBron James with just under 8 minutes to play and Cleveland up by 30. During a timeout, several players surrounded Hood to encourage him to enter the game, but he refused. "It was a great opportunity for a struggling youngster to try to find his rhythm without any pressure before the next series".
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With Hood set to become a restricted free agent this summer, it's easy to imagine why he might be frustrated with his diminished role in the Cavaliers system, but he has since apologized for his actions.
Hood is averaging 4.6 points per game in 10 playoff games and has not scored more than 12 points in any of them.
But one of the Cavaliers' potential role players was conspicuously absent from the game. Hood balked, and his refusal to play put him at odds with his team.
"The Cavs' front office and Hood had a conversation Tuesday morning, and Hood feels badly for causing a distraction at a time when the focus should be on Cleveland's sweep of the Raptors and spot in the conference finals".