Rajon Rondo probably has some ill will towards Isaiah Thomas. Rondo was the point guard the Celtics chose to dump, while Thomas eventually replaced him and got the shine Rondo probably felt he was due.
Plus, Rondo can be kind of a jerk sometimes. Add those up and it should come as little surprise that Rondo dumped all over Thomas Tuesday night.
Rajon Rondo was irked to hear that the Celtics would honor Isaiah Thomas on any night. "What has he done?” Rondo asked. Told that he led the Celtics to the conference finals last year, Rondo remarked, “Oh, that’s what we celebrate around here?”— Bill Doyle (@BillDoyle15) January 17, 2018
More Rondo on IT: “This is the Boston Celtics. This isn’t the Phoenix Suns, no disrespect to any other organization, but you don’t hang conference titles. Do we hang going to the conference finals? What do we hang here?”— Bill Doyle (@BillDoyle15) January 17, 2018
Title banners, Rondo was told.
“OK, cool,” Rondo said.
One could almost agree and disagree with Rondo’s comments at the same time. On one hand, he is correct that Thomas’ accomplishments with the Celtics pale in comparison to the standard set by the team historically.
However, for as ludicrous as the never-ending drama surrounding Thomas’ video tribute has been, it’s a video tribute. Good players, which Thomas is, get them. Bad players get them.
It’s not an official distinction. It’s not a kept statistic. It’s a reminder that a player — good or bad — once played for the team and maybe did something at some point.
That said, Rondo speaking frankly [and rudely] about former Celtics will never get old.