Rockets coach Rick Adelman spoke to the press after practice on Thursday and Raheel Ramzanali of 1560 the Game was there.
Specifically, Adelman opened up about the incident with Von Wafer. The Rockets guard was sent to the showers at the start of the fourth quarter after some verbal sparring with Adelman.
"He didn't like coming out," said Adelman bluntly. "He doesn't have to like coming out, but it's his job to accept that."
"It was the start of the fourth quarter in a playoff game and we didn't need that. He may not like it, but he doesn't question it during the game. I told him, 'Sometimes it has nothing to do with you'. Those two little guards (Kyle Lowry and Aaron Brooks) were pretty good in the first half and I got Ron and Yao back in the game. Even though it affects you, it has nothing to do with you. You don't like it you talk to me later but you don't do it then."
What was more interesting was that Adelman said this was not the first time something like this has happened with Wafer.
"We talked about it and this is not a one-time thing," said Adelman. "A couple of things have happened and, you know, it was not the right time. It's all about the team, and that's what Von and I talked about. It's my job to coach the team and it's [his] job to play."
I can't help but think about Scottie Pippen -- a guy who won 6 NBA titles will be remembered most for quitting on the team in the final 1.8 seconds of a playoff game. While what Wafer did wasn't on the betrayal scale of Quitten, it certainly is something he'll have to answer questions about for much of his career.
Adelman, however, considered it a dead issue.
"It's over with and we're moving on," said the Rockets coach.