Teranace Mann made headlines last week when a video of him totally ignoring James Harden in the Los Angeles Clippers locker room went viral.
The visual was fairly self-explanatory:
James Harden and Russell Westbrook reunited in LA pic.twitter.com/42onQFAqz1
— Joey Linn (@joeylinn_) November 1, 2023
Or so it seemed.
This week, Mann came out and explained what precisely occurred in that clip. All was not as it originally appeared.
“Everybody was hating on the locker room situation,” Mann said.
“He had already come into the locker room. We already greeted him and stuff. That was just his first time seeing [Russell Westbrook], We already talked and chopped it up, and everybody was excited. That was just his first time seeing Russ.
“Everybody was acting like it was his first time walking in and addressing the team, and nobody was looking at him. That’s not it at all. I’ve known James for years, he’s always held it down. I am excited to be on the same team as him.”
That certainly paints things in a different light.
Mann wasn’t the only member of the Clippers’ organization to offer their reaction to the Harden acquisition.
Team star, Kawhi Leonard, also revealed his emotional reaction to finally getting Harden after months of back and forth on whether L.A. would actually be able to bring him onboard.
NFL fans criticized Sam Ponder’s outfit yesterday. Last time this happened some people wanted her reprimanded: https://t.co/EWZhXGJUkc
— Game 7 (@game7__) November 6, 2023
The Clippers now have a very legitimate Big Four. There is a lot more talent on that roster than most teams have.
What that also means is that there can be no more excuses.
The Clippers must win a championship this season. If they don’t, they will go down as one of the most disappointing super teams of all time.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.