Shortly after the final buzzer of Thursday’s elimination loss to the Indiana Pacers in the semifinal of the NBA In-Season Tournament, reports emerged of some discord within the Milwaukee Bucks locker room. Apparently, Bobby Portis called out head coach Adrian Griffin in front of the whole team as the rookie shot-caller was addressing the squad in his post-game message.
Griffin has now spoken out about the leaked incident, and it appears that the rumors are indeed true.
Milwaukee Bucks Coach Breaks Silence
Griffin refused to provide the details of the incident. In fact, the Bucks coach would prefer not to talk about it:
“I won’t comment on what was reported,” Griffin said, via Eric Nehm of The Athletic. “Like I said, we’re a passionate group. We hate to lose. We’re a together group. I love coaching this group. We got nothing but winners and high-character guys, and whatever internal dialogue happens in our locker room, stays in our locker room.”
While Coach Griff did not admit to what actually went down behind closed doors, he’s not denying the spat either. In fact, one could argue that he’s actually confirming that there was indeed an incident between a “passionate group” of players and coaches.
What Griffin made abundantly clear, however, is that whatever happened inside the locker room did not have an adverse effect on the squad. As he said, what happens behind closed doors has to stay there.
It also follows that whatever was said in the heat of the moment remains as just that. There can’t be any bad blood stemming from these incidents.
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