Trash talking between Rhodes, Greene sparks intense TNT-SMB matchup

By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY--Charles Rhodes and Donte Greene tried to get into each other's heads in the San Miguel-TNT showdown at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday night.

The two imports were seen trash talking, especially in one instance in the fourth quarter when Greene taunted Rhodes after making a three-pointer against his outstretched arms.

Greene, in a chat with reporters after the game, claimed that Rhodes went first.

"He's the top dog right here. He plays on the best team. He wants to talk trash. I told him, 'I'm not the one [to deal with].' He wants me to play. I came to play [against] him, blocked his shot, and he stopped talking after that," said Greene.

For Rhodes, however, that block was just Lady Luck smiling on Greene.

"He's scared to guard me. I guard him. He won't guard me. I told him, 'Guard me!' but he won't," claimed Rhodes in a separate interview moments before the scribes talked to Greene.

It seemed the case as most of the time, Greene guarded Yancy De Ocampo, giving Kelly Williams the tough task to defend Rhodes.

Rhodes then called out Greene, saying, "Don't talk trash to me if you won't guard me."

Greene would answer, "I wasn't scared of guarding him. He plays for San Miguel. He has the referees on his back pocket. I guarded him when I needed to guard him."

Both Rhodes and Greene somehow had the right to taunt each other as they each went a little beyond 40 points in the game, but Greene had the last laugh as the KaTropa put a dent to the Beermen's erstwhile perfect record in the PBA Commissioner's Cup.

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Greene, however, clarified he has respect over Rhodes.

"We both respect each other. It's all just fun," said Greene.

Both imports, however, hope that they face off again in the playoffs.

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