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Story of Rondo rage from the Boston Celtics locker room

Dec 13, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

Rajon Rondo

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….

  1. bozosforall - Dec 13, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    And the Celtics continue their downward spiral. LMAO

  2. neeciekay - Dec 13, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    And thus the continuance of your pathetic/hatred-filled life “bozosforall”, that’s already (undoubtedly) hit rock bottom!! Meanwhile: Rondo, KG, Paul, Ray and the rest of the RICH, SEXY, AND TALENTED men on the Celtics roster continue to live their good lives. Not knowing you exist, and caring less. Celtics and Rondo have their ring, what do you and your team have?? You’re probably a Lebron homer, trolling on the Celtics story line comment boards. You sound stupid. . .and this is coming from a Bulls fan! GO RONDO, DO YOU BABY!! Haters gone die hatin’!!!!

    • Josh Perez - Dec 14, 2011 at 1:53 PM

      This post is not biased, he wrote sharing a story that is good to know for the future whenever we analyze anything related to Rondo. He even said is most likely a stage and even mentioned Rondo tried to come back. Of course, there will always be people like you with such a simple mind who can’t leave their fanatism box to see things in a more neutral perspective. Just make sure youknow what you’re talking about before you shame yourself any further.

  3. jordan013091 - Dec 13, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    If I was Rondo, I would be happy to be considered in a trade for CP3. CP3 is one of the top PG’s in the league, Rondo should not be upset about this.

  4. shep1957 - Dec 13, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    That’s nothing. I’m a Piston fan. Those actions would have got him voted in as captain on last years team.

    • chargerdillon - Dec 13, 2011 at 5:47 PM

      Dude I feel your pain. I loved those hard nosed Piston teams of old and it’s amazingly sad how low the franchise has gone.

      The last guy to make it work in Detroit was Larry Brown. You’re talking about a coach brilliant enough to get the stupid Clippers to the playoffs. It’s amazing how all those great team pieces fell apart after blowing out the Lakers.

      As a Lakers fan, that Pistons vs Lakers series was the bitchslap i never saw coming. It’s amazing they fell apart so quickly

  5. titosanoxy - Dec 13, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    Doc screwed up the whole team by trading Perkins. No chemistry or trust in the locker room anymore. Now Davis for Bass?? Too funny, Perkins injures his knee so they lose game 7 in LA so Doc blows the team up

    • Kansachusetts - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:27 AM

      That was Danny that traded Perkins, not Doc.
      Discredit where discredit is due.

      • Josh Perez - Dec 14, 2011 at 1:57 PM


  6. baron30 - Dec 13, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    this is the same rondo who played a game with his elbow on backwards, right? I think he has the right to call out teammates who are dogging it or giving it their all.

    • baron30 - Dec 13, 2011 at 5:18 PM


  7. meatloaf025 - Dec 13, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    If only the basketball writers from PBT where grown men enough as to understand the NBA is a business and you need talent and stability to sell a product and be sure you are gonna get maximum return for it.
    – the facts that the lakers get CP or Howard is going to stabilizeJerry Buss’s franchise value, not the rest of the owners investments in the Hornets.
    – when the lockout was on, it was about the owners maximizing their money interest, as a business. Every day during the lockout, PBT writers took an unilateral position on favor of the players, not necessarily unprofessional because they had particular interest on the players’ side, but because they looked as fans wanting the games to start. Is not bad for me or other readers to be fans, but a bloggers, the writers have just to inform us and be lighter on their particular comments.

    Now, Rondo merits patience? If he disrespected management then he should wait to pay the consequences of it, being it to be traded or not. The Celtics have sponsors that won’t be happy associated to some kind of conduct.

    Please PBT, the people reads your news, but when commenting please be more conservative and less fanatical.

  8. havlicekstoletheball - Dec 13, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    Can’t quite go with the “young and immature” stuff any more. He is going to be 26 in February, mid-point in his NBA career. This will be his 6th NBA season.

    Being so upset by criticism that you throw a temper tantrum is not the thing of professionals. He remains a very poor shooter, and an atrocious free throw shooter. And he is the damned point guard. He has had nine months of off-season to work on his shortcomings. I’d bet half my salary against half of his that he shoots below 65% from the free throw line this year.

    He is not the cornerstone. He has too many holes in his game to be. And apparently he objects strongly to those holes being pointed out by his coach. So they will continue to be exploited by his team’s opponents.

    • bozosforall - Dec 13, 2011 at 7:10 PM

      A loser, like the rest of his ancient teammates.

      • pgjimmy - Dec 13, 2011 at 8:18 PM

        if by losers you mean 1 of 3 teams to win the championship in the last four years while making it to the finals twice, then i’ll take those losers ya stiff

      • bozosforall - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:43 AM

        Losers as in only ONE title in 25 years. And they needed McHale to give them Garnett in order to do it.

  9. juniorak715 - Dec 13, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Rondo’s a punk has been for years. As a Bulls fan I seen it during the playoffs (along with the rest if his teammates acting like punks). I would of loved to seen Kirk Heinrich kick his ass

  10. jimsjam33 - Dec 13, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    ” A loser ”

    You’re right . Get rid of your problem Boston . Fed -Ex him to the Lakers special delivery !

    • bozosforall - Dec 13, 2011 at 7:56 PM

      The Lakers don’t want the Celtics’ garbage…no one does.

      • waxthat - Dec 13, 2011 at 11:21 PM

        Rockets fan here…would love Rondo in Houston. Rondo+Jeff Green for Scola, Lowry, Martin, 1st round pick

      • Kurt Helin - Dec 14, 2011 at 5:45 AM

        David Stern would reject it :-)

      • Kansachusetts - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:28 AM

        Yes, they’ve got way too much of their own!

  11. stormste - Dec 13, 2011 at 7:52 PM

    Oh and LB in his day never had a heated team meeting?

  12. bradyisbetterthanrodgers - Dec 13, 2011 at 9:39 PM


    u really have no life. u bash boston sports whenever u get the chance. u must be a kid

    • damnyankee13 - Dec 14, 2011 at 9:05 AM

      Brady aint better then Rodgers

      • bozosforall - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:41 AM


    • bozosforall - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:41 AM

      and you must be a wuss…given that you are here crying about someone posting on a blog.

      crawl back up your mommy’s skirt, litle boy

  13. jebdamone - Dec 13, 2011 at 11:59 PM

    as long as it was not an all the time thing (which i assume it isn’t) this is the type of behavior that shows passion and expectation for the game and how it is played. i have to imagine with PP and KJ this is not the only outburst that has occurred at a C’s practice. rondo speaks for himself, there few to no PGs in the league that i would rather have.

  14. asublimeday - Dec 14, 2011 at 2:04 AM

    If I had his money, I would’ve grown up a LOT faster.

    Oh, and I didn’t act that ignorant in the first place.

    Excuse FAIL.

  15. asublimeday - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Brady has done much more with much less. Aaron Rogers basically plays with the NFC pro bowl team. Brady makes scrubs look outstanding every year.

    • bozosforall - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:45 AM

      Brady had a top defense when they won those Super Bowls for him. No great defense now, therefore the Pats haven’t won a Super Bowl since.

  16. africanballer - Dec 14, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    the way i see it this guy is done

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