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Wednesday And-1 links: Is Rondo as Celtics leader a good thing?

May 2, 2012, 10:53 AM EDT

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Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points.

Rajon Rondo is the future leader of the Celtics. Is that a good thing?

• Is there anything better on the Web right now than the gif of Chris Bosh interrupting LeBron James‘ postgame interview.

• The Nets really want to bring Gerald Wallace back for next season.

• The Bird/Magic Broadway play will close after 52 nights.

Michael Beasley says his offseason plan is to “Shoot a zillion jump shots a day, dribble a million minutes a day.” So we can say math is not his strong suit. Also, you expecting follow through on this? By the way, the Timberwolves are not bringing him back.

• The Spurs run some beautiful offensive actions, the “weak” set is one of them.

Tiago Splitter is playing through a bone bruise for the Spurs.

• Without Derrick Rose, the Chicago Bulls are the Indiana Pacers.

• You know Ray Allen is going to need offseason surgery, right?

An appreciation of Russell Westbrook.

An appreciation of Serge Ibaka as a shot blocker.

Chris Paul always believed the Clippers could make that comeback.

• Look for the Bucks to add some size to the roster this summer. (The problem is 29 other teams are saying the same thing.)

• With Dwight Howard out for the Magic, don’t expect the Pacers to play Kyrylo Fesenko, who is battling

• Maryland guard Terrell Stoglin has declared for the NBA draft. He did it because he was hit with a one year suspension, but he will likely go undrafted.

• Fox Searchlight is going to make a movie about basketball wives.

  1. nghtrder169 - May 2, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Better than Bosh’s GIF??? Yeah Amare’s GIF (Office Space parody)

  2. abchome - May 2, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Rondo would be a great sociopath leader.

  3. oside760 - May 2, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    lob city

  4. therealroman - May 2, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    what rondo did was dumb, no doubt. but come on, T’s and ejections are thrown around like basketballs itself in this league…this is an emotional game, you can’t give guys T’s for laughing, posing after a crazy dunk, talking to a ref or lettin everything out after a frustrating play. i mean what is this? do you expect players to play emotionless? once they get disrespectful, yes, give em an appropriate penalty. but look at all the shit soccer players do to referees. sports is about heart and emotion, so i don’t know if this new Technical-policy is best for this game

    • jebdamone - May 2, 2012 at 7:14 PM

      i agree with you to a large extent and in most instances but the touching the referee rule seems like a pretty decent bright line rule to follow. not that rondo was being overly aggressive with it but then you get into debates about how you can and cannot touch a ref when you are upset.

      • therealroman - May 4, 2012 at 3:23 PM

        definitely, no one should get physical with the refs. it’s just that some of those technicals (not this one) really piss me off cause they’re ruining much of the emotional part of the game, IMO

    • borderline1988 - May 2, 2012 at 10:38 PM

      Chest bumping or throwing a ball at a ref intentionally is crossing the line.

      I play in a basketball league, and things do get quite intense (we almost once had an all-out brawl with the opposing team). Players are often T’ed for arguing with the refs.
      But getting physical with a ref is a different story. That’s never happened and definitely, if someone did, they’d probably get tossed (and no refund…).

      Obviously, Rondo is someone who has difficulty controlling his emotions. I’ll bet you that personality trait reveals itself off the basketball court as well. Playing with emotion is a good thing, but as with everything in life, at least some balance needs to be struck between emotion and control.

      Which is why asking if Rondo can manage as an effective team leader is a serious question..

      • therealroman - May 4, 2012 at 3:22 PM

        touching the ref and gettin physical absolutely crosses the line, i agree a thousand percent. could have even given him more than one game
        as far as his leadership goes: i think the kid is becoming more mature, i think he’s done pretty well since he’s been in the league, i do understand that concern though because he seems to be somewhat of a crazy dude. but he’s an impressive player and as long as doc rivers is on him i’m sure he’s gonna be really really good

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