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Expect Rajon Rondo to get lengthy suspension for fight

Nov 29, 2012, 8:33 AM EDT

The NBA league office doesn’t take kindly to its players fighting on the court.

It really doesn’t take kindly to said fights spilling over into the very-expensive seats of people who sit courtside at NBA games.

That’s what happened when a fight broke out between the Celtics and Nets Wednesday night, when Rajon Rondo came to the defense of Kevin Garnett (who doesn’t really need anyone to come to his defense) and went after Kris Humphries.

When the league office hands down its suspensions some point Thursday afternoon, look for Rondo to get a bunch of gams — maybe five, maybe 10. Humphries will likely get one as he was in the middle of it as it went into the crowd and pulled Rondo’s jersey over his head in a classic hockey fight move. (Although I don’t think Humphries really deserves a long suspension — that was not a hard foul on KG and then Rondo came after him.) I expect Gerald Wallace will get a suspension for coming in late to the show. Finally Garnett will get a fine and if it is determined he threw a punch he will sit a game or more.

But Rondo is going to take the brunt of this, he instigated. He threw the first punch. He caused this to spill into the stands. Back in 2006 when a J.R. Smith and Nate Robinson fight spilled into the stands each got 10 games, Howard Beck of the New York Times reminds us.

That is not out of the question here.

Boston players can pull the “we stick up for each other” stuff all they want, I’m sure that plays well in the locker room. It will not in the league office. They are going to bring the hammer.

And for a Celtics team that is struggling right now, 10 games without Rondo — without the guy at the heart of making their offense click — could be a harsh blow.

  1. reupjosh - Nov 29, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    Humphries got coldcocked when he wasn’t expecting it. All he did was try to protect himself by wrapping Rondo up, much like a boxer does when he can’t take a beating. You’re probably right that Humphries will get a game, but he doesn’t deserve that seeing how he was unexpectedly thrown into that maleé.

  2. reupjosh - Nov 29, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    …also, one more thing, Boston Fan: SCOREBOARD.

    • gepsep - Nov 29, 2012 at 9:00 AM

      …also, one more thing, Heat, Lakers, Nets, Knicks, Sixers fan – 17 championships.
      Damn sucka!

      • florida727 - Nov 29, 2012 at 10:20 AM

        Live in the past much, #gepsep?

        Rondo is, was, always will be a punk.
        Hope he gets 10 games, and the Celtics lose them all.
        Let’s see how THAT “plays in the locker room”.

      • WatchThis - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:02 PM

        Not in YOUR lifetime.

      • hehateme2 - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:28 PM

        KG is a fraud. ALL talk with little to back it up. A punk, soft , coward all could be used on this avoidance. BTW- Rondo is a crazy person… and not in a good way.

  3. gotampabay52 - Nov 29, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    No body was alive back when they got those championships dam sucka suck on that

    • pantsfreezone - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:08 PM

      Not true. All the racist Boston fans were alive when they won those championships.

    • jmatos06 - Nov 29, 2012 at 3:27 PM

      the celtics are the greatest champions in team sports history!
      unlike the lakers who hang their hat for 16 titles including 5 that were won by a minneapolis team.

  4. nagidac - Nov 29, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Another example of Rondo not thinking long term about his actions. At least this time it wasn’t a cheap shot like a few in the past have been.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Nov 29, 2012 at 12:23 PM

      I agree with your general point. There was no justification for what Rondo did, and it was unprofessional, selfish, and stupid.


      On a certain level, I absolutely respect what he did. His boy went down hard and he went after the guy who did it. And the guy who did it was 8 inches taller than him and about 100 pounds heavier. He did what he thought he had to do at his own personal peril. If you’re in a pinch you want his kind of crazy on your side. Problem is that Garnett wasn’t in a pinch. And now his team is going to suffer for it.

      • hehateme2 - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:29 PM

        you mean flopped hard, right?

      • eventhorizon04 - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:58 PM

        I don’t respect what he did at all. Kevin Garnett is a big boy who has taken – and delivered- plenty of hard hits during his 20 years in the NBA.

        Rondo hurt his team. Try to glorify it all you want, but ultimately, he hurt his team, and it’s not even close to brave either – he took on Kris Humphries, not Charles Oakley.

        It’s not noble, smart, professional, or respectable to hurt your team when you’re supposed to be a leader. He’s not a kid – he’s 26, and Pierce and Garnett are nearing retirement, so the Celtics’ only hope of being relevant in 2 years is for Rondo to take over. And this is not encouraging.

  5. dluxxx - Nov 29, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    I’m sure Rondo gets all the “gams” he wants…

  6. ike73 - Nov 29, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    10 games is absurd. this really is turning into the church league. how about a double technical and play on?

    and frankly, i would love to be sitting in those expensive seats when i fight spills over into them. i would be telling that story the rest of my life.

    • blueintown - Nov 29, 2012 at 10:01 AM

      Yeah, I’m sure you would’ve loved to have been one of those guys sitting in the Palace of Auburn Hills getting his a** beat that night.

  7. nbascreed - Nov 29, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    It’s funny…you never see Z-bo, Stack or K-Mart involved in these “mush and push” fracases because they, like every other guy whose ever had to fight on the streets, don’t waste time with such nonsense. They start throwing 1, 2 and 3’s off tops. I wonder why that is???

    If Stern and Stu really want to fix this fake tough guy stuff, they would go hockey style. Let the refs call “Fake Toughness Penalties” where the result is that you put the two players in a circle with one ref and 15 seconds on the shot clock. Let them go at it until one guy touches the ground or the time expires. If players KNEW that during every game that there was a chance they would have to actually fist fight in a circle 1:1 for 15 seconds I guarantee you 90% of all this fake fighting would cease immediately and guys would start walking away.

    You could also give guys the ability to opt out which would show their true colors. If the refs called a “Fake Toughness” on KG and Z-bo and Z-bo sprinted to the circle and started shadow boxing in anticipation and KG opted out, we would all be able to draw our own conclusions from such actions.

  8. spzzie - Nov 29, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Punk move by Rondo. Its funny when celtics fans say 17 championships or whatever because its irrelevant. How many have they won in the last 20 years?

    • eventhorizon04 - Nov 29, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      They’ve won 1 championship in the past 20 years.

      Most of their championships came 50 years ago, when the idea of letting African-Americans play basketball was “controversial.”

  9. zacksdad - Nov 29, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    The announcer said KG got hit in the face. Looked more like he got hit on the shoulder and almost flopped. Probably not a flop but he did not seem to get hit hard enough to need to fall down. So good job KG, play like a girl and now your hyper tension teammate overreacts and will be out many gams (games).

    • eventhorizon04 - Nov 29, 2012 at 2:01 PM

      KG took a shove to the shoulder, trying to get a foul call (which he did), and Rondo saw an opportunity to be fake tough guy against Kris Humphries (the guy who was left in tears by Kim Kardashian), and Rondo took the bait.

  10. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects - Nov 29, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    i get rondo getting a big suspension, and maybe even a garnett suspension for a grammy award act, but i don’t think humphries or wallace did anything that would call for a suspension. humphries got blitzed by rondo and company after a pretty soft foul and wallace came to aid his teammate and stop a squabble.

    this whole thing is on rondo. i wish he’d grow up. he is by far one of my favorite pgs in the league and i’d love it if he played for my team, but he needs to lay off the mayhem.

  11. zerole00 - Nov 29, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    I think Rondo overreacted there. I’m not a Humphries fan, but that didn’t look like a hard foul at all. He blocked and pushed Garnett’s right shoulder back (causing him to fall).

  12. doublezero74 - Nov 29, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Oh yeah Humphries isn’t to blame at all. He didn’t take an extra shot on Garnett as he was in the air at all. And Wallace didn’t rush in at all and start his own pushing match with KG. rondo definitely overreacted but the Nets are so bent on finally being relevant that they played with that edge all night. Good for them but they’re actions started this

    • somekat - Nov 29, 2012 at 10:32 AM

      if KG could still get the shot off (which he could), it’s not an “extra shot”. It’s called a foul. Funny how when the Celtics do it, they are “physical”, but when someone does it back, they want to fight.

      Typical Rondo. The scary part for C’s fans, within 2 years (as Pierce and KG continue to decline), this guy is going to be your whole team

  13. kountryking - Nov 29, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    As much as I love the fire that Rondo brings to the court, he is still an impetuous, immature child. It’s bad enough he spoiled his string, but it’s unconscionable that he thought so little of his team after Garnett’s fall that he should act in a manner that will have him miss even more games via suspension. I know the current philosophy of the Celtics is “reach the playoffs and don’t worry about your division record”, but that doesn’t fly anymore with the Knicks and Nets playing like playoff teams. Rondo knows he is the center of this team. He’s declared himself the best at his position. But his bragging is meaningless if he throws himself out of the game “defending” a teammate who doesn’t need defending.

    • somekat - Nov 29, 2012 at 10:34 AM

      Sixers are also a better team than the C’s. They get Bynum in there, and it’s not even close.

      The C’s are a borderline playoff team. If the Central division wasn’t epicly bad, there would be a good chance that they’d be watching the playoffs

      • scalfor3 - Nov 29, 2012 at 2:45 PM

        I’ve been hearing that its time to stick a fork in the C’s for the past three years now. I guarantee you that no one will want to face them by the time the playoffs come around.

      • kountryking - Nov 29, 2012 at 10:58 PM

        Glad Rondo only got two games. Bynum? When’s he going to play?

  14. lakerluver - Nov 29, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    This is a joke. The “fight” spilled over into the crowd because the crowds damn near right on the court!! In the NHL Rondo would be hailed as hero and an enforcer who was just protecting his teammate. In the NBA that gets him suspended for multiple games. It’s a joke. Rondo might be petulant at times but at least he’s a player who will stand up for his teammate. He reminds me of a less talented Isiah Thomas. Both are guys who are considered small by NBA standards but have big hearts and will go at dudes much bigger than they are. Another thing I commend him for is he had to know his actions would jeopardize his assists streak. If no one else appreciates him I bet KG and his teammates do. Hopefully, so do the Celtics fans.

  15. doublezero74 - Nov 29, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Relax with your hate. It’s gonna burn you up.

    • jimeejohnson - Nov 29, 2012 at 11:02 AM

      paulhargis53 and Bozos are living proof of that. Their heads are burned out cinders!

  16. lakerluver - Nov 29, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    paulhargis53 jokes:cool!
    Bozos jokes: not cool!
    Bozos a good dude, ph53 is an arse!!

  17. klownboy - Nov 29, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    As a Knicks fan, that Rondo suspension is music to my ears.

  18. paulhargis53 - Nov 29, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    bozosforall IS lakerluver. Neither of which are “cool ” or funny.

    He does lick male arse though.

    • pauleky - Nov 29, 2012 at 12:35 PM

      Nice visual. Methinks you enjoy that (really? Are you 12?).

    • hehateme2 - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:34 PM

      classy as usual old tool

  19. namaths5thofwhiskey - Nov 29, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Always good to see the C’s in complete disarray.

  20. thegamecocker - Nov 29, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Rondo is a great player but he’s such a PUNK it’s sickening! Keep the thuggery off the court you low-life! This is EXACTLY why the NBA does not enjoy popularity. Let him sit on his ass and PAY THE PRICE by sacrificing some of his hefty salary. What a jerk!

  21. paulhargis53 - Nov 29, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    pauleky: I simply made a factual statement about a troubled and conflicted person. You and your mind did the rest.
    Why would you want to visualize something like that.

    Methinks?! Who talks like that?

    • tjp44 - Nov 29, 2012 at 2:05 PM

      Jar Jar Binks

  22. rickeye9 - Nov 29, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    wow I just watched it for the first time, Garnett flopped so hard, he was barely touched and how the hell did Humphries get ejected?? and no I’m not a Celtic hater nor a nets fan, I actually hate both teams, but I’m just bit confused

  23. chicagofan - Nov 29, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Fight??? I was there last night — it was more like a couple girls scratching each other. The Celtics entire team should be suspended for how poorly they shot last night.

  24. ballistictrajectory - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Can he change his name now to Meta Something Something, or does he have to wait for retirement to do that?

  25. hojo20 - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    The NBA is becoming to sissified if Rondo is suspended.

    • tjp44 - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:53 PM

      becoming….see those punches?

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