Originally posted on Celtics Town  |  Last updated 4/10/12


E’Twaun Moore played a little bit earlier in the season, had a monster game during the Orlando Magic bar fight, played a little more, and later got beat out for a spot by Avery Bradley and Keyon Dooling. During the two months (or so) since then, the Purdue product has been more or less fastened to the bench, and he’s not thrilled to have so little opportunity on the floor. (Northwest Indiana Times via CelticsLife)

“When you’re used to playing a lot your whole career, it’s tough to watch,” Moore said. “You’re like: ‘Oh, man. I can do this or help to do that.’” …

“Of course I want to play. Of course I’m not happy about not playing. Of course I’m a little angry,” Moore said. “But I’m still confident in my game, confident I can come in and hit the big shot when needed.

“You’ve just got to stay with it.” …

“They’re working every day but I think it’s a tough year for those guys or any other young guys,” Rivers said before Thursday’s Bulls game. “You have no practice. They really don’t have an opportunity to improve or for us, for me, to visually see them a lot.”

Moore smiled when told that.

“Yeah, that’s why you gotta play,” he said.

If this were somebody with previous attitude issues — say, Glen Davis — I’d have a problem with these comments, especially the flippant and somewhat obnoxious final line of that block quote. But Moore has by all accounts been an upstanding citizen this season. Kevin Garnett has raved dozens of times about how the youngsters this year, more than others, get it. Doc Rivers, in the same story as the quotes above, said Moore and JaJuan Johnson are “both great kids. They work their tails off,” adding that they clearly have good work ethics because “the dinosaurs” like them.

Moore isn’t a problem child. He’s not going to make a stink in the locker room. He’s a 23-year old rookie who never came off the bench in his entire life until this season and is struggling, like all competitors do, to sit on the sideline day in and day out when he feels like he can contribute something. He’s a good kid who wishes he could play a little more. That’s it. No controversy here. Move along.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Top takeaways from Sunday's Week 14 action

Jack Morris, Alan Trammell voted into Baseball Hall Of Fame

Dirk Koetter responds to report that he has not supported Jameis Winston

Derek Carr takes full blame for weak Raiders performance

DeMarcus Lawrence blasts referees after Cowboys win

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Cardinals, Luke Gregerson reportedly agreed to two-year deal

LeSean McCoy wins game with dash through snow in OT

Seahawks' Malik McDowell arrested for disorderly conduct

LaVar Ball draws massive crowd at BBB pop-up shop in NYC

Cubs reportedly agree to two-year deal with Brandon Morrow

WATCH: Adam Vinatieri nails clutch FG after refs screw Colts on 2-point try

Sports & Politics Intersect: When Olympic gold corrupts

The 'And the winner is...' quiz

NHL Weekender: Caps gain ground, Kings ready to rule?

The naughty and nice athletes list for 2017

Dissecting the road to the NFL postseason

The 'What's old is new again (but also still old)' quiz

The NFC playoffs will be loaded from top to bottom

NFL Week 14 predictions

Is this when Zach Werenski and the Blue Jackets really get their season going?

Joel Embiid and displacing fundamental truths

Eight NFL teams in desperation mode heading into Week 14

The 'More power to you (for the right price)' quiz

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

NFL Week 14 injury report

Sports & Politics Intersect: When Olympic gold corrupts

The best games of 2017

The naughty and nice athletes list for 2017

The 'And the winner is...' quiz

NHL Weekender: Caps gain ground, Kings ready to rule?

Dissecting the road to the NFL postseason

The 'What's old is new again (but also still old)' quiz

The NFC playoffs will be loaded from top to bottom

NFL Week 14 predictions

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker