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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. heymangold - Jun 10, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    Anybody that says this isn’t a big deal or that this ain’t classless clearly hasn’t participated in an athletic event. Win or lose, you shake the hand of your opponent. It’s a tradition of sports everywhere. Look at hockey, these guys destroy each other, but after a series, no matter how heartbreaking, they shake each other’s hands. It’s not about respect, it’s about professionalism. KG And Rondo deserve to be ripped for this classless move.

  2. truthhurtstoo - Jun 10, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    HAIL THE MIGHTY HEAT! They beat down the old, slow and overrated creakers in what was just a tune up for the Finals.

    Classless Celts show that they’re a fraud.

  3. truthhurtstoo - Jun 10, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    GLAD to see this pouty group broken up. They need to wake up and RESPECT the winner the past two year- the HEAT is CLEARLY the better team.

    • lucky5934 - Jun 10, 2012 at 12:01 PM

      I am not what concerns me more… your lack of grammar skills or your occasional decision to all caps a word. Is “GLAD RESPECT HEAT CLEARLY” a secret decoded message or something? Secondly, what exactly did the Heat win to make them “The winner” the past two “year” in your opinion?

      • drewzducks - Jun 10, 2012 at 3:07 PM

  4. cowboysallday - Jun 10, 2012 at 8:34 AM


  5. rodge1 - Jun 10, 2012 at 8:50 AM


    You seem to be a bitter ex-girlfriend. Never realized you were a woman. Very sorry your boyfriend left you to play in Miami, but I assure you there are plenty more fish in the sea. Keep your chin up sweetie, you’ll be fine…

  6. j0esixpack - Jun 10, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Are the Heat and their fans really so insecure that they are concerned about whether Boston starters gave them proper respect for the final 25 seconds of the game?

    The Heat won. They deserved to win. They avoided the choke of losing a Game 7 that they never should have allowed in the first place… and apparently instead of enjoying a well deserved celebration and focusing on their next opponent fans are now obsessing about where the Celtics starters were for the final 25 seconds?

    Good luck in the next round guys. I think you’re gonna need it.

    • duane888 - Jun 11, 2012 at 2:12 AM

      If you bounce a team out of the playoffs 2 years straight, you don’t deserve respect ??

      • j0esixpack - Jun 11, 2012 at 4:48 PM

        I think you answered your own question.

        If you actually need another team to show you respect, then you don’t deserve respect. Winning should be enough. (especially winning without the help of officials, who, despite a LeBron barreling to the basket all night, didn’t have even a single foul called against him.)

      • j0esixpack - Jun 12, 2012 at 10:22 AM

        I guess the question of respect also comes down to how much credit the Heat deserve for dispatching a group of old, injured players on a team playing without a Center and without a key cog of their transition offense (Bradley)

        Truly, if I were a Heat fan I’d be embarrassed the series took 7 Games – but let’s give them the respect they deserve for barely squeaking by the Celtics in the end.

  7. mtheparrothead - Jun 10, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    The difference is lebron is a disrespectful jerk

  8. mikejd12 - Jun 10, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Classless just like the guy that dumped the beer!

  9. jucam1 - Jun 10, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    A. LBJ is the MAN and dominated KG and Rondo…. Shows you what those two are truly like when they storm off like little girls instead of congratulating an opponent after a tough 7 game series….. Paul did!…
    B. i love listening to Celts fans cry over foul calls when the refs handed them the series against the Sixers…. You can’t whine and complain now after basically getting to the ECF on refs whistles ladies….

    Congrats HEAT, you were the clearly superior team with the better classier players….. Looking forward to the finals

  10. gcclark98 - Jun 10, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    watch out now.. the thunder aint no joke

  11. seanb20124 - Jun 10, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Not an NBA fan, but look forward to finals highlights on sports enter

  12. edgarh21 - Jun 10, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Stop slobbering all over lebrons di*k. You say this like it only pertains to Kobe STFU and just move on there’s hate all the time no matter the player. But u must be getting railed in the back by Lebron.

    I can’t wait till you post your “Leave Lebron Alone” video on YouTube

  13. cranespy - Jun 10, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    When two players show the lack of respect for their opponent that LBJ and DWade did with their antics (blatantly disrespectful) early in this series then they leave themselves open to this type of snub. You didn’t see a much younger, much less experienced Thunder team disrespect ANY of their playoff opponents like that. Miami may ultimately win a title this year perhaps not…..even if they do they will NEVER have the respect that Kobe and MJ’s teams did… never saw them dis their opponents like these two do. The sad fact is…..DWade never did that stuff until he was joined by LBJ “THE CLOWN PRINCE” of basketball.

    • mikejd12 - Jun 10, 2012 at 12:14 PM

      your an idiots trying to justify nonsense go back to your couch

  14. mnsadsportsfan - Jun 10, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Who ever wrote this post is sounds like a giant pu$$y and has probably never playes a sport.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 10, 2012 at 11:14 AM

      All I know is that there are some lucky kids in Rwanda and Darfur who are about t be getting some brand spanking new “Eastern Conference Champion Boston Celtics” shirts and hats.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 10, 2012 at 4:36 PM

        ^^^ That joke has been tired for years in every sport.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 10, 2012 at 9:46 PM

        There you are.

        So I’m not funny. That’s okay. Did you enjoy the ECFs?

      • progress2011 - Jun 11, 2012 at 10:39 AM

        1972 ….we RARELY see eye to eye…..but that was FUNNY !!!

        All those boston jerseys, sent to a poor third world country, will be a good tax write-off for the NBA.


  15. tampafan24 - Jun 10, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    To all of you sadly misinformed people on this board who are defending this…go take a look at the end of a hockey playoff series. You want to talk about guys getting disrespected? Those dudes ACTUALLY fight each other through the course of a series. The beat and pound the crap out of each other yet still line up like MEN and shake hands at the end of the game. You guys are right…this isn’t little league and unfortunately for basketball this apparently isn’t professional athletics either. Stop trying to defend this crap because you know it is classless…and if you don’t know that then no further explanation is necessary!

  16. Gordon - Jun 10, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    The fake tough guy & his mini me showed no class. No surprise there.

    KG just wanted to get back to his locker early so he can pretend to beat it up.

  17. jimeejohnson - Jun 10, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Garnett and Rondo will be remembered as petulant, punks and not great Celtics.

    • llfreedman - Jun 10, 2012 at 2:03 PM

      This is wrong. Garnett will be remembered as a great Celtic and it’s obviously way too early to say what Rondo’s legacy is.

    • bozosforall - Jun 11, 2012 at 12:27 AM

      Boston fans known as petulant crybabies who throw players under the bus.

  18. thenmoveback - Jun 10, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    So the fans throw beers and balls at heat players and the C’s stars can’t even stay to the final buzzer and show respect for one hell of a series between 2 good teams. And everyone says Boston is a classy city?

  19. Charlie "Jumbo" Copeland - Jun 10, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Leave the post game handshakes to the 6-year-olds. The Sports Dump wants some emotion.

  20. decimusprime - Jun 10, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    professional= getting paid.
    What KJ & Hondo did was probably concocted by those two after they realized they couldn’t win the game. Something like KJ: “lets do what bron did to us last year, just walk off, no hugs & handshakes.”
    Hondo: “oh I know, let’s go now instead of waiting for the buzzer.”
    KJ: “yea F ’em! lets go practice our push-ups.” Two wrongs don’t make a right fellas.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 10, 2012 at 4:37 PM

      They don’t respect Miami nor should they respect that band of frontrunning, whiny, flopping, cheap shot artists.

      • southbeachtalent - Jun 10, 2012 at 7:02 PM

        still hurts huh?

  21. Kansachusetts - Jun 10, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    I have the highest respect for KG and Rondo as basketball players, and I’m really grateful that they are the guys who made this extended ride possible this year for us Celtics fans.

    But Kurt is absolutely right. They should have had the balls to stick around and congratulate the Heat. KG is set in his ways, but Rondo has to give up the childish petulance.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 10, 2012 at 4:38 PM

      This is not church league.

    • iamhoraceknight - Jun 10, 2012 at 10:49 PM

      Leave the handshakes to the kids.. I expect players to actually care and be upset after a loss. Shake hands another day.

  22. jjpt4540 - Jun 10, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    I’m tired of having to be nice to everyone after loosing. I like the f you after loosing to a team they are playing to win not be best friend. Oh I hope I didn’t hurt their feelings because I didn’t shake their hands. The everyone gets a trophy and shakes hands is for six year olds.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 10, 2012 at 4:38 PM

      I agree.

    • addictedzone - Jun 10, 2012 at 4:39 PM

      What the hell is loosing?

  23. robmar924 - Jun 10, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    This is considered news now?

  24. jomochiefsfan84 - Jun 10, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    They had to go & soak their tears didn’t want to bawl their eyes out like their coach did on national tv! lol

    • drewzducks - Jun 10, 2012 at 2:17 PM

      Homochiefsfan…Nuff said.

    • progress2011 - Jun 11, 2012 at 10:47 AM

      Chiefsfan….Thats FUNNY !!!

      I like Doc Rivers. I liked him as a player. He has been a good example for other atheletes to follow.


      Dude might need to get one of those testosterone shots. I believe he has more estrogen than testosterone these days….cause, this isn’t the first time dude cried like a girl, on national tv.

      I mean, he can’t even hold it til he gets from in front of the camera’s. Gotta be a chemical imbalance.


  25. baron30 - Jun 10, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    I prefer my athletes to not like each other

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