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Brendan Haywood Dings James on Sportsmanship

BFF. (2008 photo by Preston Keres)

"I'll go to war with this same team in a heartbeat," Antonio Daniels said after his Wiz got swept out of the '07 playoffs by the Cavs.

"But A.D. should look at the video replay of the last few seconds before he makes that statement again," Mike Wise wrote the next day.

In it, he'll see Brendan Haywood walking off the court before the game was over, raising his index finger to the crowd. Afterward, the nameplate above his locker room cubicle was taken down....He was the proverbial tease in the pivot, good for 15-20 decent games a year and another 60 where you just shake your head and think, "What I would do with that height." He has got to be gone by October. Bargain center at $5 million or not, to bring Haywood back at this juncture only serves to undermine his coach and the team. Brendan Todd Haywood has left the building.

The point is, Haywood didn't shake hands with the Cavs, didn't address the media, didn't act according to Chapter 6 Verse 33 of the post-game sportsmanship rulebook. And now he's telling the world: he was "extremely wrong," that he is sorry, and that he was sad to see LeBron James make the same mistake. Here's from Haywood's latest on Yardbarker, titled "LBJ You're Better Than That:"

It's because he's a great player and the face of the league that I'm even more disappointed by his actions. I think he made a mistake by not shaking hands or doing interviews [after the Game 6 loss to the Magic]. He has to learn to be a better sportsman than that because of what he represents - not just our league but athletes in general. Whether he likes it or not, kids are watching him and following his example. He made a poor choice and I hope if he's put in the same situation next year or down the line, that he learns from it and goes out there and shakes his opponents hands and does interviews (even if he doesn't mean it) and demonstrates what sportsmanship is all about.

Well, no one ever said you need to be a righteous soul to offer advice to other sinners. Heck, we scribblers all entered the most abysmal business out there, and yet we feel free to offer business advice to the Nationals. Anyhow, if you'll recall, Haywood's '07 walkout was based on playing time and his rift with Eddie Jordan, and to take this thing full circle, Haywood jumped into the comments section for a few words about Jordan.

"I wouldn't mind playing for eddie again," he wrote. "we got off to a ruff start but in the end we had a pretty good relationship. philly wouldn't be a bad spot for me, and my contract is up in 2010 anyways so you never know what might happen."

C'mon BTH, you're better than that. Anyhow, as long as you keep insulting LeBron, no one here wants you going anywhere.

(Via StetSports)

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 3, 2009; 7:38 AM ET
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Isn't this the pot calling the kettle black. Since when do role players have blogs? Or is this just another platform to trash his coaches (which I don't agree with) and Etan Thomas (which I do).

Posted by: fushezzi | June 3, 2009 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Yes ,yes .

Posted by: julia923 | June 3, 2009 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Clearly, Brendan Haywood hasn't heard of the Denny Green High Road..

Posted by: rmobley12 | June 3, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Wow, Mike. You omitted a key paragraph in Haywood's blog that completely undermines your point:

"It’s hard for me to criticize LeBron because he’s usually on top of everything, gets it and does a great job doing everything right. It’s also hard for me to criticize because a few years ago, I was placed in a similar situation and did the same thing LeBron did. I was in a playoff series and my team was losing and on top of that I wasn’t getting any playing time because my coaching staff didn’t feel the need to play me. I was frustrated and when our team lost the series, I walked off the court and didn’t shake my opponents’ hands. I was extremely wrong and want to take the opportunity to apologize to my Washington Wizards fans, teammates, opponents and whoever else was offended by my actions. I hope at some point, LeBron can look back and do the same thing."

Posted by: nate33 | June 4, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

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