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Garnett, Rondo snub Heat, head to locker room before final buzzer. Classy.

Jun 10, 2012, 3:11 AM EDT

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It was an emotional moment.

Doc Rivers pulled out his stars Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen in what may have been their final game together. There were hugs and embraces all around on the Celtics bench.

Then Rondo and Garnett kept walking, all the way back to the locker room before the final buzzer sounded — cameras followed them all the way back to the locker room while there was time on the clock.

They snubbed the Heat and did not take part in the traditional post-game hand congratulations and hand shakes with the other team.

Classless way to end it, guys.

A bunch of you just said, “so what? They were pissed off after losing Game 7 like they should be.” You are all the exact same people who would have ripped LeBron James as a disrespectful jerk if he did it. And in the past, when Lebron did skip the postgame handshake, it became a huge deal and he was shredded for it. This is exactly the same thing. You can’t have it both ways.

I get that they were ticked off but I expect them to be mature adults. I expect them to be able to accept defeat with a modicum of grace — Ray Allen did it, Paul Pierce did it, Doc Rivers did it, the other Celtics did it. You don’t have to be happy but you do have to show the opponents that just beat you some respect.

Struggling on defense — their calling card — then walking out on shaking hands is just a sad way to see a fantastic era of Celtics basketball probably come to an end. I just expected more from KG and Rondo.

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  1. redblue560 - Jun 10, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    You are paid as professional athlete, behave like one, Win or loose. There is only one action and one word to say … “Shake hands and Congratulations ” no matter how much you dislike, hate your opponent that just beat you.

    Bad sportsmanship of Garnett, bad example for Rondo.

    • iamhoraceknight - Jun 10, 2012 at 10:46 PM

      Did you see Wade throw Rondo down last year and dis-locate his elbow? Did you see Haslem throw Garnett To The floor in Game 2 or 3? It’s Competition, Post-Game handshakes are something that should be optional.

      Players should be upset when they lose, shake hands another day. That’s part of the reason that we have NO real rivalries anymore, everyone wants to be friends, the media wants everyone to be friends .

    • duane888 - Jun 11, 2012 at 1:42 AM

      Not surprised about Garnett or Rondo. Rondo especially has shown us this year how much of a turd he really is. No wonder Boston wanted to trade him and his attitude.

      I’ve never really liked Pierce, but he stayed and shook hands. Maybe my opinion of him will change a bit.

      Doc Rivers. Just a classy guy.

      • southbeachtalent - Jun 11, 2012 at 11:02 AM

        Doc and Ray are both class acts.

    • zanderrosa - Jun 11, 2012 at 2:02 PM

      This is the least relevant topic in sports are you kidding me? You should adjust your expectations and perhaps if you expected more from those two, you haven’t been watching enough basketball. That’s exactly what I would expect from those two, just like I expected it from a childish Lebron in 2009 ECF. I’m pretty sure Lebron snubbed the Cs in 2008 too, so all is fair. It’s honestly understandable and not a big deal. You sound a ninny writing a catty article about sportsmanship, I take it you don’t play.

  2. managod777 - Jun 10, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    True Celtic class. Rondo ran his mouth all series and now he knows, again, how it feels to be an ass. KG is a fake bully. Just one guy has to step to him and we’ll see all his bitch come out. Can’t believe I’m saying anything good about Celtics, but Paul Pierce and Ray Allen are classy dudes and Doc Rivers is one of the best in the game. No other coach would give kudos to the guy that killed his team, but he gave credit to LeBron where credit was due. For real…Rondo needs to grow up!

    • brodyr22 - Jun 11, 2012 at 7:17 PM

      I bet my life you would not tell that to their faces.

      • bozosforall - Jun 16, 2012 at 12:27 AM

        Just like your Puh C a$$ would never say $hit to any of the players that you diss here either.

  3. iamhoraceknight - Jun 10, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    This Article is a Filler Story.

    Did you see Wade throw Rondo down last year and dis-locate his elbow? Did you see Haslem throw Garnett To The floor in Game 2 or 3? It’s Competition, Post-Game handshakes are something that should be optional.

    Players should be upset when they lose, shake hands another day. That’s part of the reason that we have NO real rivalries anymore, everyone wants to be friends, the media wants everyone to be friends.

  4. ptho16 - Jun 11, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    Lebron did the same thing in 2008 when he played for the Cavs..

    • j0esixpack - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:06 PM

      Players do it all the time. Their season is over. No one – except apparently Kurt Helin – is paying attention to them at that point.

      No doubt there’s other reporters, players and fans in the throws of PMS who might have a hissy fit – but I’d wager no one on the Heat really gives a sh!t.

      • rocklancaster - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:31 PM

        Hey, Joesixpack, you really don’t know what you’re talking about. The media ripped James to shreds for not shaking hands after the Orlando series in 2009.

      • j0esixpack - Jun 15, 2012 at 11:44 AM

        Tell that to Kurt Helin, rocklancaster.

        He’s the reporter here. In a story about how Garnett and Rondo snubbed James and the Heat you’d think you might see some reference to the snubee being the snubber in a previous series.

        As I said it happens all the time – but I don’t think that tidbit of info fit with the general hypothesis of this “article”

    • rocklancaster - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:29 PM

      So did Ilgauskas. But the Cleveland morons kill James, but kiss Ilgauskas’ lame pasty white ass.

  5. bronxjet - Jun 11, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    I respect Kevin and rondo even more now. But I have lost respect for Paul and Ray congratulate a team of cry babies who the league wants in the finals for ratings Rondo and Kevin showed true emotion no fake hand shakes love u guys

  6. brodyr22 - Jun 11, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    They’re out there to win games. Not to shake guys hands. Especially after a loss in game 7 of the ECF. Whoever wrote this article is obviously a Heat bandwagon fan who hopped on with the rest of them when Lebron went there. That’s what is wrong with the NBA. Too many guys try to be buddy-buddy with one another. This is not a game of friendships. GET OVER IT.

  7. brodyr22 - Jun 11, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    You know what else is classless? Lebron getting the alley oop from Wade, then swinging on the rim, and kicking is legs at Rondo, which is a technical but was not called because David Stern needed the Heat and Thunder in the finals to save his job. That’s why Lebron will never get respect in the league.

  8. simonwelds - Jun 11, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    I got a feeling the heat cared less

  9. michflaguy - Jun 13, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    What else do you expect from the Celtics.
    They’ve been pulling this crap since the 80’s when the Pistons owned their pathetic a$$e$.
    Celtics = Classless organization.

    • bozosforall - Jun 16, 2012 at 12:31 AM

      What else would you expect from Boston, the classless city.

  10. spankygreen - Jun 15, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    hoodheisman, SURGEON…..ok i’ll give you that, however you do realize that we can be anything we want on this rag……My only real question for you Doc is how can you “flat out have no respect from someone you see on TV and surely never met?? Wouldn’t it be nice to get to know them before forming an opinion?

    Anyway, calm down a bit and good luck with your next surgery. I am truly praying for the patient……

    Serving proudly

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