In the NBA, there is an unwritten rules that good sportsmen will simply accept victory graciously and not continue to pile on once the game has been decided. So last year, after Leandro Barbosa took an unnecessary shot late in a game his Toronto Raptors were about to win against the Pacers, Danny Granger took umbrage with what he thought was a player trying to rub it in.
I mean, he really took umbrage.
Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star recounted Granger’s words after that game.
Danny Granger has gone from wanting to take Barbosa’s “head off” and bust his “lip” a year ago to now being his teammate. Granger didn’t like how Barbosa took a shot in the final seconds of a game in Toronto last season. “If I was on him I would have took his head off and been suspended for a game for a flagrant foul,” Granger said after the March 12, 2011, game. “If I was on him I would have took his neck off him. That’s unsportsmanlike. I would have taken his head off and busted his lip.”
Then, today before the trade deadline, the Pacers acquired Leandro Barbosa. Awwwwwkward.
Not really. As you can see in the tweet above from Granger, all has been forgiven.
Welcome to the Pacers, Leandro. No need to worry about your head being taken off.