Story of Rondo rage from the Boston Celtics locker room
If you’ve wondered why there have been whispers of Rajon Rondo being on the trading block for about a year, we might have an example of why.
(We’re not talking a Rondo for Chris Paul trade here, that is just smart basketball by the Celtics and Danny Ainge. The Celtics have listened to far more offers than that.)This story comes the Boston Herald (via the mighty Ziller at SBN) and takes place between games two and three of the Miami Heat playoff series that eliminated the Celtics last spring:
According to multiple sources, Rondo’s errors were being pointed out when he arose and began discussing the mistakes of his teammates. Loudly. Using harsh language.
Coach Doc Rivers got up and fired back, and Rondo threw a bottle that shattered the video screen. He bolted from the practice facility and was prevented from returning when he tried later.
Maturity and temperament questions hang out there about Rondo (and have since he was at Kentucky). That is why Boston will listen to offers and why other teams are hesitant to give good ones.
It should also be noted that more NBA players than I could count — big name ones — had that reputation but grew out of it over time. These players enter the league just out of their teens (if that) and for some of us — many of us — it took a while to grow out of our youthful mistakes. NBA players are on that same curve. Rondo sounds like one of those guys when reflecting back on what happened (read the Herald story).
If Rondo does mature, then the Celtics should not trade him. Except for maybe CP3….