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FOX Sports' Marcellus Wiley Calls Chris Paul a 'barker,' Compares to Kobe Bryant

FOX Sports analyst and former NFL defensive end Marcellus Wiley believes he's figured out why Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul has a growing perception as a "horrible teammate."

"He's a barker," Wiley said during an apperance on FS1's "Speak for Yourself" Thursday. "Now, he's not the only barker in the NBA. Kobe Bryant was a barker and no one liked playing with Kobe Bryant but Kobe Bryant was a five-time champion. That made you swallow your pride and take that barking and the bite that came with it. Here's Chris Paul. Chris Paul's a barker but on that same team when you say 'it's time to swallow my pride and just deal with this,' oh wait a minute, you ain't won jack! So you over here barking and I don't see the bite.

"That's where it comes from. I've been on teams before when we're all, like you said, it's about business. Professionalism. You're saying all the right things, you sound like the 'Mamba Mentality,' except you ain't got the Mamba hardware. So that's when everybody, when they get to their safe distances and everyone who said 'he's not a good teammate,' I like them, they're cool cats, but they're also safely away from Chris Paul when he was barking at them on the baseline. And now everybody wants to come back at him and no one can come back at Kobe and others who bark but have the championships to go with it."

On Tuesday, Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo called Paul a "horrible teammate" and claimed that his suspension was one more game than Paul's because of the guard's "good guy" image -- which he claimed was a farce -- just days after their on-court scuffle.

"Of course, the NBA went with his side because I got three games and he got two," Rondo told ESPN. "Everyone wants to believe Chris Paul is a good guy. They don't know he's a horrible teammate. They don't know how he treats people. Look at what he did last year when he was in LA; trying to get to the Clippers locker room. They don't want to believe he's capable of taunting and igniting an incident. He comes out and says I spit and the media sides with that."

On Sunday, the NBA handed down suspensions to Rondo (three games) and Paul (two games), as well as Lakers guard Brandon Ingram (four games) for their roles in a late-game fight during Saturday's game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Rondo was given one more game than Paul because he threw the initial punch, according to NBA vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe, who discussed the incident on Sunday night's episode of SportsCenter.

"We try to judge each one of these [incidents] on the merits: who does what, who instigates, how dangerous the situation becomes and is," VanDeWeghe said. "And also the discipline is an act of deterrence. We want to make sure that we deter this further action and make a statement that this is not acceptable. Fighting's not acceptable in our league and never has been.

Paul is regarded by many as the best NBA point guard of the past decade but has never won an championship during his 14-year career. He made his first conference finals appearance last season when the Rockets were eliminated in seven games by the eventual NBA champion Golden State Warriors.

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