i feel like there's a sort of passive-aggressive beef going on between afflalo and harkless.
a couple weeks ago after the loss to san antonio, afflalo spoke about defining roles, playing with effort and accountability, mostly referring to other players. he also talked about not sitting on the bench "with a towel on your head" (i believe referring to harkless)
and he talked about the place of rookies and vets:
"the veterans are now- should hold each other accountable and responsible, and it's the rookies' job -- or young players' job, first, second year-- rookies' job, to truly get on board and understand that this is what it takes. you're not gonna just walk in this league and be great and win games. its' gonna take some work, gonna take some camaraderie..."
and later that night, harkless cryptically tweeted:
"Quit looking around, take a look in the mirror"
then tonight, after harkless laid another egg in the starting lineup, afflalo made remarks about getting off to good starts that seemed directed at harkless (see adam's video above):
"for the five guys that do start, we have to make some changes to something we do to get us in a more aggressive mindstate."
a reporter suggested altering the starting lineup
"heh. i don't know about that, i think it's: the guys that start the game need to change the way they play. which includes myself. i'm not alienating anybody, that's for all five of us. we need to- from moe as the rookie, to myself, glen and j.j. as the veterans, nikola being our inside presence. the way we start the game has to just be with a lot more energy. one of us next game will take it upon ourselves to make sure that happens. you can't predict the score, or making shots so it's hard to say we're gonna make shots in the first quarter, but next game we will play with more focus and passion in the first quarter."
it's largely nonverbal and subtextual.. i dunno if i'm reading between the lines, or if i'm just making something out of nothing.