With a throng of reporters waiting to talk to him, Mike Bibby took his time getting ready in the Hawks locker room.
“He’s got all these people hot and bothered,” said teammate Joe Johnson, who was sitting next to Bibby. “We don’t want no problems.”
Apparently Bibby does.
The Hawks point guard called out Celtics center Kendrick Perkins before tonight’s game, coming back at Perkins for his comment yesterday on Bibby’s poor shooting performance in Game 1.
“I don’t know where [Perkins] got this tough streak from,” said Bibby. “His stat line was worse than mine. Until he does something in his career, for him to come at me like that, it kind of upsets me.”
About five minutes later, Perkins was told of Bibby’s comments.
“Man, I ain’t got no comment for him,” said Perkins. “Whatever. I’m just trying to win the game. I ain’t got nothing for him.
“I’m still going to go to sleep tonight. It really don’t bother me either way. Whatever to get his confidence right. I ain’t worried about him. Obviously he’s worried about what’s going on over here, but I ain’t worried about him. It’s whatever. I’m going to end it right there.”
Celtics coach Doc Rivers suggested Bibby might be talking as a way to take the pressure off his younger teammates.
“He’s probably doing all that for the good of his team,” said Rivers. “Let him be the villain. He’s done that before in LA, when he was with Sacramento. Clearly it didn’t bother him a whole bunch.”