CJ McCollum’s Toasting of Bucks Rookie was Equally as Disrespectful as a Rookie Guarding Him in the First Place
CJ McCollum was deeply-offended that Milwaukee assigned a rookie to defend him Tuesday night. And he has every right to go out and toast him for 40 points, 6 dimes, 5 boards and 4 steals, helping the Blazers to a 118-103 W.
But we kind of feel for poor Donte DiVincenzo, especially when CJ Mac dropped him to the floor with a nasty pull-back crossover. McCollum says the visiting Bucks should have put Pat Connaughton on him instead — and whilst we agree, the young kid’s gotta learn some day.
And what better way to learn than to be torched.
— SLAM (@SLAMonline) November 7, 2018
A rookie trying to guard CJ? “Very disrespectful!” https://t.co/nyA1Hd2sSJ
— Dwight Jaynes (@dwightjaynes) November 7, 2018
Per NBC Sports Northwest:
“Very disrespectful,” McCollum said when it was over. “It’s very disrespectful.”
Maybe they didn’t have anyone else for the task? “They should have put Pat (Connaughton) in,” he said.
He made 17 of his 26 shots from the floor, including half of his 10 three-point shots, had five rebounds, six assists and four steals. And oh yes, he took that rookie, Donte DiVincenzo, and put him on every sports highlight show in the country Wednesday morning – sending him flat on the floor with another of his change-of-pace, killer crossovers.
“A nice feeling,” McCollum said, when asked how it feels to put someone to the ground like that. “But being able to make the shot after putting someone down is the toughest part. You have to make the shot.”