The drama keeps going with the Chicago Bulls after point guard Rajon Rondo criticised team-mates Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler on social media.
Rondo apparently is not pleased with recent comments made by Butler and Wade hitting out at the Bulls' effort.
The tension was especially palpable on Wednesday, when Wade questioned Chicago's drive after a 119-114 NBA loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
Rondo used Instagram on Thursday to upload a photo of himself, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce and drew comparisons to when the threesome played together on the Boston Celtics.
The 2008 NBA champion and four-time All-Star iterated multiple times that basketball is a team sport and that Garnett and Pierce "took responsibility and got in the gym."
"My vets would never go to the media. They would come to the team. My vets didn't pick and choose when they wanted to bring it. They brought it every time they stepped in the gym whether it was practice or a game. They didn't take days off," Rondo wrote in a caption on Thursday.
"My vets didn't care about their numbers. My vets played for the team. When we lost, they wouldn't blame us. They took responsibility and got in the gym. They showed the young guys what it meant to work. Even in Boston when we had the best record in the league, if we lost a game, you could hear a pin drop on the bus. They showed us the seriousness of the game.
"My vets didn't have an influence on the coaching staff. They couldn't change the plan because it didn't work for them. I played under one of the greatest coaches, and he held everyone accountable. It takes 1-15 to win. When you isolate everyone, you can't win consistently.
"I may be a lot of things, but I'm not a bad team-mate. My goal is to pass what I learned along. The young guys work. They show up. They don't deserve blame. If anything is questionable, it's the leadership."
Rondo's lengthy post stems from Wade and Butler complaining to reporters about the Bulls (23-24) and their recent play.
Wade said he did not know if his team "cared enough" to win, while Butler said last week the Bulls have been playing "terrible basketball."