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Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo: Sneaky dirty?

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So says Dime Magazine.. in its list of the top 10 "sneaky dirty" NBA players.

8. Ray Allen — Another of the NBA’s nice guys who definitely has
a dark side. Glaring at somebody or talking smack after hitting a big
shot is one thing (everybody does that on the playground), but Ray’s
history goes deeper than that. His scraps with Bowen and Kobe are
well-known, and he’s also been known to swing an elbow towards the
baby-making region. Ray got into a scrap with Keyon Dooling in Seattle
a few years back that was just as bad as Nate Robinson/J.R. Smith
brawling in MSG, it just didn’t get as much hype because it wasn’t in
New York.

I'm not going to make any apologies for the elbow to Andy Varejao's marbles.  But can you call a guy dirty because he scrapped with someone?  As for Rondo:

9. Rajon Rondo — After Rondo slapped Brad Miller in the face and
threw Kirk Hinrich into the scorer’s table with zero repercussions,
Aaron Gray must have been praying he didn’t get any PT during that
Bulls/Celtics series, otherwise he’d end up on the hit list.

It's amazing that Rondo, who had never had any sort of incident in his career before the Bulls series… and who was becoming a darling of NBA observers with his play in that series… suddenly became a "dirty" player at that instant.  I wonder if it would be different if the situation was reversed and Derrick Rose raked Paul Pierce across the face.  Would Rose be on the list?  Would he be hated now too… or would he still be everyone's "next great NBA Player"?

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  • File under: Dime Magazine desperately reaching for something to write about in the off-season

  • Rose just cheats on tests, dooming his college team, but that’s fine, as long as he doesn’t face rake someone

  • Wiggs Dannyboy

    I watched the video of Rondo’s foul. I can’t believe that announcer kept saying it was flagrant.
    To me, it was obvious (watched it 3 times in a row) that Rondo didn’t even hit Miller in the face…his hand slid across the top of Miller’s shoulder and into the side of his neck.
    What BS.

  • Rondo sneaky dirty? fine, that is correct
    ray allen? um no, although the elbow to Varejaos junk was “wrong” its there with the dirtiest things hes done in his career
    Tom Thibodeau clearly teaches/coaches how to get away with playing “physical” without being called for it…and i’ll take that all day everyday

  • My friend who is a Lakers fan and I don’t agree about much, but we both really appreciated Ray Allen landing that blow to Varejão.
    The best part about that was when one of the announcers said he was impressed by Varejão taking that blow without even bending over and another announcer just said, “I’m not.”

  • Janay

    Rondo didn’t intentionally rack whats his face…..if that didn’t happen he wouln’t even be on here. As far as that thing with kirk goes he was tangled up with him and kirk ended up gettin whacked into the table.lol
    oh yea Ray allen is not a dirty player either so…..