How Cavs Will Address Rodney Hood's Refusal To Play Vs. Raptors

Tyler Owen
May 9, 2018

Hood is averaging a putrid 4.6 points per game and has shot less than 40 percent since the start of the postseason. Hood won't be able to improve those numbers if he doesn't play. For the playoffs, Hood has posted a plus-minus of -67.

How do his teammates feel about it?

A native of Meridian, MS, Hood is in his fourth National Basketball Association campaign and his first season with Cleveland.

After losing his usual spot in the Cavaliers' rotation in Game 4, Hood refused to enter the game in the fourth quarter, multiple sources told The Athletic's Jason Lloyd. "This isn't about you".

Yahoo Sports reported Tuesday that Hood was scheduled to meet with coach Tyronn Lue to discuss his decision to turn down playing time in the fourth quarter of Cleveland's series-clinching win at home on Monday night. "This is the playoffs", one of his teammates reportedly said. Hood balked, and his refusal to play put him at odds with his team.

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With Hood set to become a restricted free agent this summer, it's easy to imagine why he might be frustrated with his diminished role in the Cavaliers system, but he has since apologized for his actions.

And while the initial news would seem like grounds for a fine or some kind of suspension, it looks like there is more to the story than what the optics suggest.

Originally taken in with the 23rd overall selection of the 2014 NBA Draft out of Duke, Hood was acquired from the Utah Jazz at the trade deadline as part of the Cavs' radical roster makeover.

Hood missed games multiple times down the stretch with a lower back strain and a sore left Achilles, but Lloyd reported that "according to multiple people who witnessed the exchange, this had nothing to do with stiffness and everything to do with a young player pouting".

According to's Joe Vardon, Hood expressed remorse and will not be disciplined for refusing to go in and after a conversation with Cavs general manager Koby Altman.

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