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Ainge says Rondo an emotional player, confident he can control it

Nov 30, 2012, 2:37 PM EDT

Rajon Rondo, Brooklyn Nets, Kris Humphries AP

Rajon Rondo is out for the Celtics next two games (Friday and Saturday nights), the result a suspension from a fight he instigated with Kris Humphries of the Brooklyn Nets after Humphries’ foul on Kevin Garnett caused an awkward fall.

But this is not the first time — this is Rondo’s third suspension in the past nine months.

And if Rondo is going to take the torch and be the leaders of the Celtics, as he and teammates have said he has already done, then that is too many.

Celtics GM Danny Ainge told he spoke to Rondo about the suspension, but as a good GM should he had Rondo’s back in public and sounded positive about the future.

“I think it’s high,” Ainge said of Rondo’s rash of suspensions recently. “I just hope the next nine months is better. It’s not good; there’s nothing good about it. But I love the kid. He’s a competitor, he’s a warrior. He’ll get it under control. I’m confident he will.”

“He’s not happy with the fact that he’s not there to help his team in the next two games, and the last game [against Brooklyn],” Ainge said. “Rondo is a very emotional player, he’s a tough competitor. He realizes it’s more important to play.”

Kevin Garnett didn’t learn how to be a leader overnight — he may have had the qualities but like anybody there are still things to learn about a role. Rondo is learning that too. The hard way at times. But he has to know what matters is he plays, leave being the enforcer to others.

  1. captainwisdom8888 - Nov 30, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    i respect rondos game, you cannot argue with the production hes a beast.

    but as a person hes a hot steamy pile of you know what

    you dont think so? look at all the altercations, cheap fouls, and undercutting guys in the air over the past few years. hes not dirty. hes filth

  2. captainwisdom8888 - Nov 30, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    How could Rondo or his team have benefitted from him engaging in a petty shoving match in front of millions of viewers?What positive outcome could have possibly been accomplished by Rajon pushing and scratching Humphries like a couple of 5th grade girls at recess? The only thing that little punk accomplished was the confirmation that he is, indeed, a little punk. Way to be a professional…

  3. eventhorizon04 - Nov 30, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    “Kevin Garnett didn’t learn how to be a leader overnight — he may have had the qualities but like anybody there are still things to learn about a role. Rondo is learning that too. The hard way at times.”

    Rondo isn’t a 19 year old kid, fresh out of his 1 year of college, trying to find his place in the NBA.

    He’s 26 years old, and he has been in the NBA for over 6 years.

    Consider this – he’s just 1 year younger than Chris Paul and LeBron James. I cut the young guys slack, but I don’t see any reason why Rondo deserves the benefit of the doubt.

    As you said – he’s been on a team with multiple Hall of Famers and he has a highly respected coach – there are no excuses for him to not “get it” by now.

  4. chargerdillon - Nov 30, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Ainge was pretty confident trading Perkins was the right move to make too. You know…..that guy that helped his new team to the finals last year?

    Ainge shouldn’t be struggling to wonder if a VETERAN can control himself. Rondo isnt a rookie, he’s a focal point of the same team he’s been apart of. He’s the same player they drafted that was a headcase then that broke up the big 3, and guess what he’s still a head case.

    Minus Rondo, I like the Celtics.

  5. bjerkrulez - Nov 30, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    C’mon guys…being 26 is still young by NBA standards, people already question his leadership just by what happened…the kid has got a ring before Lebron did…

    Also, his leadership/influence is not only on the court but off the court as well…his very own teammates stood for him for pete’s sake…

    I’d take him any time if I was a team owner…maturity? remember allen iverson’s stubborness to come of the bench even in his 30’s? Jordan had run ins as well on the court but we still love him

    This kid has talent. he made a mistake? yes. he is moving on with it…and so should we

    Got a nice article below as well >.<

  6. johnheisman - Nov 30, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Rondo is not a dirty player but he does use poor judgement. He is a great player with unique skills and he never backs down. The bigger the game the better he plays.

    What Rondo did was stupid and it was also harmless. If you want to talk about dirty players, start with Dwyane Wade. What Wade did in the playoffs to the Indiana Pacer who was was on a fast break was worse in every way and if he was a lesser player, a likely suspension. Not to mention Wade’s taking Rondo down and dislocating his elbow and breaking Kobe Bryant’s nose.

  7. bjerkrulez - Nov 30, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Sit rondo beside Metta and he will be an angel to all of us lmao

  8. j0esixpack - Nov 30, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    If Rondo wants to show he can appropriately channel his emotions and take his game to the next level, all he has to do is prove it.

    • dko83 - Dec 1, 2012 at 3:44 AM

      Take his game to the next level? He’s been on that level. All he has to prove is that he can get through a hard foul without raging, that’s about it. Although I’ll chalk this latest one up to a bad night because when DWade dislocated his $#%&^ elbow he handled that pretty well. He’s polarizing, I get that, but all this Rondo hate is just biased scrubs wishing you he was on their team. Aside from Chris Paul, there is NO ONE better.

      • j0esixpack - Dec 1, 2012 at 2:29 PM

        I love Rondo – but even given all he’s already accomplished, if he can learn to control his emotions (which often hurts his team) and channel that energy constructively (which he often fails to do) he will be the BEST point guard in the NBA that he would like everyone to think he is.

        Currently that’s not who he is – and I say that as a Celtics fan

  9. jordanismyidol - Nov 30, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Rondos a little bitch. That was a clean hard foul by humpfries which is why he didnt get suspended. Grow up rondo

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