This has been a newsworthy week for the Boston Celtics. The team came off a four-game road trip without a win on the West Coast.
On Tuesday, Danny Ainge commented on 98.5 The Sports Hub that Rajon Rondo celebrated his 28th birthday in Los Angeles instead of traveling with the team to Sacramento.
Apparently, Rondo’s camp claimed there was a miscommunication between himself and the team. Earlier this month, Rondo stayed in Boston while the Celtics played in Milwaukee on the second night of a back-to-back.
The airwaves on sports radio was filled with some hosts and callers discussing Rondo’s lack of leadership. While I’m not excusing Rondo, this could be misconstrued as a simple mistake.
Here is an example of a former Celtics captain who made a mistake. Paul Pierce was ejected late in a tight Game 6 of the 2005 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Indiana Pacers. After Jamaal Tinsley intentionally fouled Pierce and hit him in the neck, Pierce swung his elbow at Tinsley. With the Celtics holding an 84-83 lead, the officials handed Pierce a second technical foul. In the post-game press conference, Pierce created a sideshow with a bandage wrapped around his head. The Celtics were facing elimination and they were fortunate to come away with an overtime victory. Pierce’s ejection could have been costly.
Both Pierce and Rondo had to fight criticism of their attitudes throughout their early years in the NBA. George Karl called out Pierce after the 2002 World Championships for Pierce’s selfishness.Of course, Pierce was able to change perception over the course of his career. Rondo should be given the same opportunity to overcome his errors in judgement.
I would be more concerned if Rondo was arrested for illegal possession of a firearm like New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton on Monday night.
Here are notable tweets:
Wishing the big homie @KendrickPerkins a quick recovery
— Jared Sullinger (@Jared_Sully0) February 26, 2014
Jared Sullinger never played with Kendrick Perkins when Perkins was a member of the Celtics. Sullinger is sending well-wishes to the Oklahoma City Thunder center because Perkins underwent surgery on his left groin earlier this week. The injury occurred in the third quarter of the Thunder’s loss to the Miami Heat last Thursday. Meanwhile, Sullinger missed the last three games because he suffered a concussion in the Celtics’ 101-92 defeat against the Los Angeles Lakers last Friday. Here is well-wishes to both Perkins and Sullinger and they can both recover from their ailments quickly.
— Kelly Olynyk (@KellyOlynyk) February 21, 2014
Kelly Olynyk is from Toronto so obviously he was cheering for Canada’s hockey team during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Canada shut out both the United States and Sweeden in the medal round to win their second consecutive gold medal.