Matisse Thybulle's agent, Eric Goodwin, thought he was being edgy by calling Rising Stars voters - who didn't select the 76ers rookie - "ASSistant coaches."
Goodwin has nothing on Pelicans rookie Jaxson Hayes, who also didn't make Rising Stars (warning profanity):
In fact, that was not all Hayes would say on the subject.
Never a great sign when the apology is longer than the rant.
But the original video is a treasure. So many gems:
As for Hayes' "politics" complaint, he might actually be onto something.
The NBA reserves half the Rising Stars slots for the World team. But there aren't enough quality international rookies and sophomores to fill 10 spots. Yet, this format boosts the NBA's global marketing. It's deliberate, even though it doesn't put the 20 most-deserving players into Rising Stars.
I can understand why Hayes would see players like Canadian Nickeil Alexander-Walker make it and be frustrated. Except Alexander-Walker is also Hayes' teammates in New Orleans. Good thing Hayes didn't expand on his outlook or name anyone. Hayes at least retains plausible deniability.
Not on saying "the NBA can really suck my d-," though. He put that on video. I still can't get over how incredible this is.