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Rondo begrudgingly admits to having learned from his recent two-game suspension

Feb 25, 2012, 2:42 PM EDT

Rajon Rondo wasn’t initially named to the All-Star team this year, but he made it in when tendinitis in Joe Johnson‘s left knee forced him to sit it out. Celtics head coach Doc Rivers thought that the snub to that point had bothered his point guard a little bit, which might have had something to do with the way Rondo reacted when a foul call didn’t go his way in a game against the Pistons last week.

Rondo threw the ball at the official, and as a result, he received a two-game suspension that kept him out of action until the All-Star break.

At the media availability in Orlando on Friday, Rondo was asked about the suspension. And as he tends to do when discussing topics that are a bit touchy, the answers were short, and often followed by an awkward silence. It went something like this:

What did you think about while missing those two games?

“I just got some rest,” he said.

But it had to be difficult to know that you weren’t there for your teammates, right?

“Yeah, it was. But that’s in the past. I made a mistake, and it is what it is.”

Did you learn from it?

“I don’t think you guys will see that again from me,” he said, cracking a seldom-used smile. “So obviously I’ve learned from it, but I made an emotional play and just felt things were different, and I reacted the way I reacted.”

And did Doc Rivers say anything to him about it?

“It was a foul,” he said.

Following that pleasant exchange, Rondo did actually open up a bit about how he views his leadership abilities and how he might improve in that area, so go ahead and check out the rest of the interview in the video clip above.

  1. glink123 - Feb 25, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    someday, the NBA will figure out that future NBA players spending four years in college is about more than just developing basketball skills. it’s also about developing leadership skills, and learning how to handle your emotions when coaches push you too hard, or challenge your work ethic. It’s about emotional development, as much as it is athletic development.

    • passerby23 - Feb 25, 2012 at 3:23 PM

      There might be something to the idea that a certain level of maturity is developed by staying in college, but that’s not always the problem. Rondo is a 6-year vet who has played with some solid pros. Some players are emotional. Do you think the extra college years helped Charles Barkley or Charles Oakley be more “mature”? It’s not as if Rondo pulled a Tracy McGrady and booted the ball into the stands. When an egotistical ref makes a bad call and then talks down to you about it, I think a lot of guys would snap from time to time.

      • LPad - Feb 26, 2012 at 11:17 AM

        heck, even mid 50 something Rick Carlisle kicked a ball into the stands. Maybe he should go back to school to emotionally develop

    • LPad - Feb 25, 2012 at 3:51 PM

      yeah because guys like Magic and MJ lack leadership skills, a good work ethic, and weren’t emotionally developed enough when they left early

      • theoleboy - Feb 25, 2012 at 4:57 PM

        And college graduates like Kenyon Martin are models of leadership, work ethic and emotional development.

    • plum13sec - Feb 26, 2012 at 2:38 AM

      Im sorry, I believe that is something taught by parents. Not by College.

  2. nonstory - Feb 25, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    What a jackass.

  3. kandh2004 - Feb 25, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    It’s not about leaving early its about young punks who think they are owed something before they even do anything in the league

    • Kansachusetts - Feb 25, 2012 at 5:55 PM

      Rondo is not a punk, he’s a highly intelligent, highly skilled basketball player with a chip on his shoulder. And he’s done an awful lot in the league already.

      He needs to forgive others as quickly as he seems to forgive himself, put all the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune behind him and grow up to be a real leader.

      But no way is he a punk or someone who thinks he’s entitled to what he hasn’t earned.

    • acdc363 - Feb 25, 2012 at 6:09 PM

      starting PG on a championship team is doing quite a bit

  4. sellahh - Feb 25, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Crap call
    Hotheads are gonna be hotheads, college or not.

  5. jumpingpolarbear - Feb 26, 2012 at 2:53 AM

    It was a good pass. The referee was just not paying attention :)

  6. md23rewlz - Feb 26, 2012 at 5:48 AM

    Eh, dude probably shouldn’t sweat it. If I was on a fringe playoff team and knew that there was almost literally no chance of avoiding the inevitable beatdown that Miami/Chicago will be handing out in the first round, I’d probably chuck a ball or two at the refs, too, because yeah. Good luck with that whole not-really-having-a-future thing, Celtics. I’m sure it will work out for you. Horribly. Work out for you horribly. Sorry, I left out the word “horribly” there.

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