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Rajon Rondo suspended for “derogatory and offensive term” to referee

We’ve been talking at PBT about how well Rajon Rondo is playing this season — this is the best he has looked since Boston. He is averaging 12.6 points., 11 assists (he leads the league), and 6.9 rebounds a game.

The Sacramento Kings will be without that next Tuesday against the Rockets — Rondo has been suspended one game by the league for “directing a derogatory and offensive term towards a game official and not leaving the court in a timely manner upon his ejection” the league announced.

Rondo didn’t like a call in the Kings’ loss to the Celtics in Mexico City on Dec. 3, stared down referee Bill Kennedy, which earned him another technical. That got him tossed — and after that Rondo said enough “magical” words to earn an extra night off. You can see after he got ejected his DeMarcus Cousins and other teammates had to walk him away from the referee — and Rondo kept talking.

It took the NBA more than a week to reach this decision — the Kings have played four games since then. Odd that it took that long.