Thursday , Dec , 10 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Rafer Alston Criticizes Nets Teammates

After the Nets took a 105-89 pounding from the Warriors last night at the Meadowlands, Nets reserve Rafer Alston blasted his teammates for not sticking together through the tough times.

As you might have heard, they’ve had a few. They had already cornered the NBA’s market on tough times, losing their first 18games to set a record. But what especially rankled Alston last night was seeing teammates fail to pull for each other before an announced crowd of 10,005 at the Meadowlands.

"It’s mind-boggling sometimes when you don’t see the guys behind you doing that," he said, after the Nets fell to 2-20. "That’s more hurtful than anything, is to not cheer your teammates on who are out there trying to get the job done. That’s the way I was taught to do it: Play together and root for your teammate, whether you’re in the game or not. The good teams do that. They stay together, no matter how the game is going."