Earlier this season, Kentucky coach John Calipari was asked about a little scuffle between former UK players Devin Booker and DeMarcus Cousins. Calipari said Booker “will not budge” and then joked that 5’9 Tyler Ulis was probably biting at Cousins kneecap.
During Wednesday’s game between the Suns and Grizzlies, Ulis didn’t disappoint his former coach when he tried to get in between some trash-talking between Devin Booker and Troy Daniels. Ulis, along with Daniels and teammate Marquese Chriss were ejected, while Booker, Alan Williams and JaMychael Green were given techs for their part in the scuffle.
After the game, Booker, who I often compare to a young Kobe Bryant, channeled Kobe by saying Daniels doesn’t have the right to talk trash to him because of his hoop resume.
“It’s just basketball, man,” Said Booker. “Talk trash sometimes. I don’t know why he’d be talking to me, been on five teams in three years and he has the nerve to talk trash to me, but it is what it is.”
Ouch! This reminds me of the time former Laker Smush Parker said he tried to talk to Kobe Bryant after practice and Bryant, “looked at me in practice and was dead serious and said, ‘You can’t talk to me. You need more accolades under your belt before you come talk to me.'”
As harsh as that sounds, Kobe once told the LA Times Parker “was the worst” and “He shouldn’t have been in the NBA, but we were too cheap to pay for a point guard. We let him walk on.”
Anyways, back to Booker, who had 20 points in the loss. Here’s his final thoughts on Daniels, who actually only played for 4 teams 4 years, and the Grizzlies.
“He’s on a winning team, so you have those muscles when you’re on a winning team, a really good team, so it is what it is,” Booker added. “We’ll see them again.”
Source: Arizona Sports