After the Pacers beat the Bulls in Chicago last week, reigning NBA most valuable player Derrick Rose thought that his opponents celebrated just a little too fervently after the win. “I will never forget how they celebrated just from winning this game,” said Rose, presumably looking skyward in the rain like a movie anti-hero whose loved one had just been slain by an evildoer. “I can’t wait to play them again.”
“I don’t know if we really celebrated any more than a lot of teams celebrated when they get a road win,” Vogel said on “The Scott Van Pelt Show” on ESPN Radio. “I know they’ve got a couple guys on their team who celebrate on every play. I just think it’s the thrill of victory.”
Maybe he was referring to Carlos Boozer who screams with the joy and/or agony of a billion men every time anything happens? Or maybe he meant the always over-the-top Joakim Noah who embarrasses himself regularly in public? Or, perchance, even the occasionally non-robotic Luol Deng?
Either way, from what I’ve heard, the Pacers weren’t exactly popping champagne bottles after the game. But that’s all well and good. Because whatever the celebration actually was, it has led to Rose calling out a team that is theoretically beneath his and that team’s coach responding in kind.
And them’s feudin’ words.
And we likes us some feudin’.