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Rajon Rondo suspended two games for fight with Nets; Wallace, Garnett fined

Nov 29, 2012, 4:59 PM EDT

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Rajon Rondo got off lighter than many expected, apparently because the fight Wednesday between the Celtics and Nets was a lot of pushing without an actual punch thrown.

Rondo has been suspended two games by the league for the incident, Celtics GM Danny Ainge first announced on WEEI radio in Boston then confirmed by the league.

Gerald Wallace was fined $35,000 and Kevin Garnett was fined $25,000 for “escalating the altercation,” the league reports.

Kris Humphries was not fined or suspended.

Two games for a fight — or pushing match or whatever you want to call it — that rolled back into the stands is pretty light when you consider DeMarcus Cousins got a two-game suspension for arguing with a Spurs broadcaster after a game off the air just a couple weeks ago. Sometimes it’s just hard to see where the league draws its lines.

Boston’s next two games are Friday night at home against Portland, followed by Saturday night in Milwaukee.

  1. dmcannon99 - Nov 29, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    You have GOT to be kidding…

    • dmcannon99 - Nov 29, 2012 at 5:30 PM

      I guess there are plenty of green homies…

      So, Rondo, the best player in BB history (if you don’t believe me, go ask him) gets two games for this. And, as the story states, Cousins gets the same thing for just yakking at a ref. Yeah, that’s balanced.

      Feel free to give me as many thumbs down as you’d like – says a lot more about you folks than it does me.

      • tubal22 - Nov 29, 2012 at 6:55 PM

        I think Cousins got his 2 games for waiting around after a game to get into a confrontation with a team employee. Quite a bit different.

  2. mlblogsbig3bosox - Nov 29, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Brook Lopez was involved in the fight? Oh, thanks for the memo..

  3. supremekingz - Nov 29, 2012 at 5:24 PM


    Rondo’s actions deserve more games than that, and Kris Humphries should have never been ejected.

    • naterich21 - Nov 29, 2012 at 5:34 PM

      More games? Haha, what a joke. Like I said earlier, Artest only got seven games for knocking Harden’s lights out. For Rondo to get more than two would have been a travesty.

      As for what happened to Cousins, that shows you how full of crap the league officials are. They don’t know what to do

      • southbeachtalent - Nov 29, 2012 at 5:51 PM

        I guess we’ll wait for Rondo to really hurt someone to then do something. Makes sense…..

        He’s out of control and clearly can’t control himself. He is a liability to his team and the league. What a waste of talent..

      • supremekingz - Nov 29, 2012 at 5:55 PM

        There should be special punishment for the starter of the altercation and fight.It was barely even a foul, and even it it was it wasn’t anywhere near malicious. Rondo was pissed because Kris Humphries blocked the crap out of his shot earlier and he retaliated and started a mini-pushing-brawl between a lot of people. Had Kris Humphries broken an ankle or so after getting pushed into a chair, or if Kris Humphries had have had enough and used his size to pound Rondo into liquified smug poo, everyone would have been crying and wondering, “what happened?”.

        2 games out of 82 is a joke. Rondo deserved at least 4.

      • naterich21 - Nov 29, 2012 at 5:59 PM

        I think you need to watch what happened again. This is minor compared to real fights.

        Liability to the league? Go away heat homer. I guess Dwade against the Pacers is long forgotten, huh?

      • naterich21 - Nov 29, 2012 at 6:06 PM


        This wasnt extreme at all. See Bynum and Artest blowup against the Mavs a couple seasons ago. They didn’t get enough games either. For Rondo to get something even close to what they got wouldn’t have been fair. The league knows that theyre not consistent. Everything’s always going to look wrong to somebody

      • bbgraf08 - Nov 29, 2012 at 6:28 PM


        Your comment made me spit out my diet coke, and I wasn’t even drinking one.

        Hurt someone? He shoved Humphries. I am 5’11, 180 pounds and that shove wouldn’t have hurt me in the slightest. Rondo hurt his team by not controlling himself, but your comments are very far off base.

        You root for the player who actually has hurt people (Wade) on many occasions and is actually out of control.

      • tubal22 - Nov 29, 2012 at 6:57 PM

        The difference was Rondo pushed the fight into the stands where spectators could have gotten hurt (and sued the NBA). If it stayed on the court, I don’t think he would have gotten suspended.

      • naterich21 - Nov 29, 2012 at 7:16 PM


        After the initial shove, Humphries pulled as much as Rondo pushed.

      • tubal22 - Nov 29, 2012 at 7:23 PM


        If you look at the video, Garnett put his right leg behind Humphries leg to trip him. Humphries was falling back, and grabbed Rondo so he wouldn’t fall.

        Probably why Garnett got his fine.

      • badintent - Nov 30, 2012 at 12:29 AM


        Easy solution for all of this in the future. Just invite Rondo to a nightclub where Ray Lewis and his posse are partying.

  4. jjordannba - Nov 29, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Of course it was only 2 games.

  5. abchome - Nov 29, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Can’t believe it’s only 2 games! It could have broken some kids’ neck there in the stands.

    • dko83 - Nov 30, 2012 at 2:20 AM

      Necks must be way more fragile than I thought… Good insight.

  6. joeksnuffy - Nov 29, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Why was Kris Humphries ejected in this situation? He did nothing except protect himself. Rondo is a hot-head. He needed to be sent a stronger message. A two-game suspension will not deter him.

    • jimeejohnson - Nov 29, 2012 at 8:58 PM

      Considering his run at the all time double digit assist streak was broken, this penalty was very severe. Somewhere, Red Auerbach is hoping Rondo channels his aggression.

  7. paulhargis53 - Nov 29, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    So much for all the doom and gloom. It was nothing but a bunch of overreaction and wishful thiking on lakers/heat fans part.

    • southbeachtalent - Nov 29, 2012 at 5:47 PM

      No, we dismissed this punk team… twice.

      • andyhr17 - Nov 29, 2012 at 9:52 PM


        So only very recent history counts? Seems to me in the not too distant past the Celtics dismissed the Lakers in the finals and the Heat in the playoffs several times. But why should I should I be surprised that a Heat fan’s memory would only extend back two years? Can’t quite put my finger on it.

      • bozosforall - Nov 29, 2012 at 10:04 PM

        Not any worse than you Puh C’s fans still living in the 1960s.

      • andyhr17 - Nov 29, 2012 at 10:40 PM

        Late 2000’s, 1960’s. Sure. Same thing. Thank you for the history lesson.

      • bozosforall - Nov 30, 2012 at 12:15 AM

        2000s brought only one measly NBA title to Boston…compared to five for LA. But thanks for playing, sandycrotchho17.

      • andyhr17 - Nov 30, 2012 at 5:33 AM

        First of all, sandycrotchho17? It’s like you’re not even trying anymore.

        Second, yes. They won one NBA title in the 2000’s, which is more than most NBA teams. I’m sorry that not all of us decide to follow only the teams that win the most titles in each sport. We’re not all true fans like you.

    • jimeejohnson - Nov 29, 2012 at 8:59 PM

      You make a lot of sense without the hate.

    • bozosforall - Nov 29, 2012 at 10:02 PM

      Typical lame Puh C’s fan comment. Just think…two less games to get in the way of you orally satisfying Ron-ho. Enjoy, limp wristed loser.

    • hehateme2 - Nov 30, 2012 at 7:55 AM

      The celticks are gnats to the mighty Heat. You prove to be delusional once more.

  8. nofunleague - Nov 29, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    It’s basketball. It’s to be expected but who really cares. Donald Fagen of Steely Dan fame, New song.. Out of the ghetto. I took you out of the ghetto but I couldn’t ghetto off of you. Nothing more to say.

    • andyhr17 - Nov 29, 2012 at 9:54 PM

      Put your white hood back on and go away.

      • nofunleague - Nov 29, 2012 at 10:07 PM

        no hood here…just a realist. So easy to bulk at the truth, but what are they fighting over…being ‘dissed. get real.

      • andyhr17 - Nov 30, 2012 at 7:48 AM

        Seems to me that there are more fights in hockey, that seems to be a much “lighter” sport. What are they fighting over? Getting bumped?

  9. chargerdillon - Nov 29, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Suspending players in my opinion is the dumbest way to try to punish an athelete who plays almost every other night professionally. You only hit them in the wallet, or you don’t really hit them at all.

    The fact Kris Humphries was ejected from this game from defending himself from a group attack and gets ZERO punishments shows really had badly the refs lost control of this situation.

    All of Rondo’s actions were in retaliation to the type of physical play you see in every playoff game in the NBA. If that’s all they’re giving Rondo, the reality is I feel bad for Doc and the Celtics and their fans, because it will happen again, and probably sooner rather than later.

    As a Laker fan who enjoys the Celtics toughness, losing Rondo is neither good for the NBA product nor is it helpful to slap him on the wrists either. Either punish him or don’t. This is no punishment.

    • katra2logic - Nov 29, 2012 at 7:00 PM

      It does hit the player in the wallet, players are not payed for the games they are suspended. So it will cost Rhondo ($11,000,000 x 2/82) = approx $266,000. That is why D. Cousins is still appealing his 2 game suspension even though he has already sat out the games. He can’t get the games back but is hoping to recover the money it cost him.

    • tubal22 - Nov 29, 2012 at 7:08 PM

      When you get suspended, you don’t get paid. This costed him about $250,000.

      • chargerdillon - Nov 29, 2012 at 7:36 PM

        I fully understand that, my point is he should be playing without pay, that’s how you punish him. His per game money is relative to how much he makes over the long haul. I take days off without pay too as extra vacation.

        In the high intensity job he has, making him play without pay is how you punish him. Giving him a few days off for bad behavior just gives him a little vacation and he’s still rich.

        It’s the same idiotic mentality in thinking that you punish a child by suspending him from school, ultimately you punish the parent, in this case there is no parent

  10. jonirocit - Nov 29, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Rondo = trash needs to be suspended 4 or 5 . Hope he breaks his ankle.

    • naterich21 - Nov 29, 2012 at 7:21 PM

      Nice quality comment

      • jimeejohnson - Nov 29, 2012 at 9:03 PM

        Lowest of the low could ever be low, quality. Wishing injury upon an opponent? Pathetic.

  11. richwizl - Nov 29, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    Rajon Rondon = MVP.

  12. ddaughtry81 - Nov 29, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Cousins was suspended for approaching Sean Elliott, an ex-player and color commentator for the Spurs. He should not have been suspended at all. Rondo shouldn’t have been suspended either. It was some shoving going on.

  13. manchestermiracle - Nov 30, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    Rondo should’ve gotten a couple more for the shot he gave the ref who was trying to intervene.

  14. bengzki - Dec 2, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    “Rajon Rondo” = its not the skills but the attitude, I guess being with KG does not help him to improve it.

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