If you’re a hardcore basketball fan, you likely remember the name Jeff Pendergraph. It’s a name you won’t be hearing again as Pendergraph legally changed his name this offseason to Jeff Ayres, which coincided with his addition to the San Antonio Spurs after spending last season with the Miami Heat.
The Heat, who’ve been in a war of words with the Brooklyn Nets this past week were hoping for a bit of quietness when they took on the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night, though, quietness is not what they received. Instead, they’ve been accused of attempting to hurt players on the opposing side of the court as Ayres said he felt as if the Heat players were going for his knees, potentially in retaliation for his ejection against the Heat last season in the playoffs:
Ayres, who changed his surname from Pendergraph during the offseason, was ejected from Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals for grappling with the Heat’s Norris Cole.
Ayres felt no love lost in Miami after switching to the Spurs.
“That’s what it felt like,” Ayres said. “People were trying to take out my knees and stuff. I was like, it’s preseason take a chill pill.”
Yeah guys, take a chill pill.