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Your Morning Dump… Is Rondo sulking over an All-Star omission?

Chuck - Red's Army February 12, 2012 Uncategorized 15 Comments

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Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

There were times early in the Big Three era when the Celtics appeared to begin games ahead, 10-0, because the opponents were so intimidated. Rondo would grab the opening tip and take command of the game. He never allowed his personal issues or bad calls to unnerve him (as they did Friday).

Rondo insists that he pays no attention to his point guard brethren, but he was bothered that New Jersey’s Deron Williams (shooting 41 percent for an 8-20 team) was chosen to the Eastern Conference All-Star team as a reserve. Rondo is leading the Eastern Conference in assists and likely would have piled up more if he hadn’t missed eight games with a sprained right wrist.

Asked if he is using the All-Star omission as motivation, he said, “Not me. It is what it is.’’

Rondo may be one of the more intelligent players in the NBA and plays mind games with the media, attempting to confuse reporters with his answers, a guise for hiding his emotions.

He is not a revealing player, so he wasn’t going to express his disappointment about being left out of All-Star Weekend during his prime years. Allen and Garnett have the age excuse, but Rondo took it as a personal slight from the conference’s coaches.

Globe – Celtics need new attitude

If Gary Washburn is correct with this assumption, then Rajon Rondo is no where near ready to lead this team. Sulking over an All-Star omission is the definition of mentally weak. True competitors would have responded with a 15 point, 9 rebound, 22 assist, 4 steal peformance.

I felt bad for Rondo when our readers blasted him after Friday night's loss. I thought the criticism was over the top. I have no tolerance for this type of behavior. This is Rondo's 6th season, for christ sake.

I wonder if a certain Red's Army writer is having second thoughts about proclaming Rondo all grow'd up? (link and link)

On Page 2, Kyle Korver calls the Celtics the "old guy team."

"When I was in college, we used to play pick up games in a little league," Korver said Friday night. "And there was always like the old-guy team. They weren't really that athletic or anything, but they killed everybody because they played so smart and they backdoor cut and they set screens and they knocked down shots. The Celtics are like them, but good players. It's a compliment. They play really good team basketball. So it's going to be a challenge." 

"They're such a veteran team. They're never out of a game," Korver said. "They're just a grind it out team. Obviously, they've got several really, really great players. And some Hall of Famers who have a lot of pride … They do such a good job of playing off each other. It's never just one guy for them just doing the whole thing. They play such great team basketball. Just veteran guys that know how to play the game." 

ESPN Boston

Korver is dead-on, except for the part about pride. I didn't see much pride Friday night in Toronto.

The rest of the links:

Sportando – Celtics to play in Italy, Turkey next year | ESPN Boston – 3-on-3 Celtics vs Bulls | Market conditions | Herald – No time for Celtics to worry about time | CSNNE – Bradley brings energy to Cs roster | Celtics currently own worst enemy | How do Rose/Rondo stack up? | Globe – Havlicek gives kudos to Pierce | Taunton Gazette – Celtics no longer headed in right direction |  

(Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/redsarmy Red’s Army

    You’ve never been pissed off about not getting something you feel like you deserved? I’m not gong to get on Rondo for that. If it’s affecting his play, that’s a problem.
    Nice hack job though, running with speculation and making definitive conclusions from it.

  • Danno

    If his current play is being affected by him being snubbed for an individual accolade that he absolutely DOESN’T deserve based on his erratic and often lethargic play – TRADE HIM.
    That’s called locker room Cancer. Vince Carter Syndrome. Allen Iverson with no shooting skills.
    GET RID OF HIM!!!!

  • Quest

    Rondo needs to grow up. Its like he never left University of Louisville. I am more and more understanding why Ainge is shopping Rondo around.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/thetitleisours Thetitleisours Mkay

    I think we need a little more balance in our criticism of the players and the coach. DOC did a terrible job blending in the youth the last couple of games. The bench has played well enough to not force the starters to play these kind of minutes in a back to back. And if the starters are slacking, even more reason for some energy off the bench. Doc can get mad, but he should be mad at himself for not changing his old ways at times.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/licktheglassitol Classless

    Another brick in the wall with Rondo, if this is true. He thinks he’s as good as Rose and Paul, but I don’t see him elevating his game like those two players.

  • paul

    Are you serious? So Deron Williams deserves the all star team for leading his team into a train wreck season?

  • paul

    Total speculation by Washburn, and don’t forget that Washburn is covering his own butt. He stated publicly, the same day that Simmons came out for trading Rondo, that Danny no longer considers Rondo to be a guy to build around. Washburn knows that his statement, as a quasi-official statement from the Celtics brass (through their media voicebox), and Simmons as a national attentions-getter, had to be a one-two punch to the stomach and head for a sensitive guy like Rajon.
    Of course he’s going to want to deflect attention from that. Rondo is a human being, and an unusually sensitive and emotional one, which can be his downfall, but which also makes him so great at times.

  • paul

    Think about it. BoB Cousy, Bill Russell and Dave Cowens were all high maintenance, hyper-sensitive people.
    THEY BROUGHT US HOW MANY CHAMPIONSHIPS?
    I think we should be able to live with Rondo being sensitive. He’s already brought us one championship and may bring us more.

  • Danno

    have you looked at who he plays with?
    Rondo can’t win with some of the greatest players ever to lace them up.

  • Danno

    he didn’t bring us shit. He as along for the ride, just like big Baby.

  • Jerry Sondler

    When you`re a 6`1″ point guard, whose FT shooting is 57.8% since the 2010 Finals ended…you just might not be an All-Star!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/mannoperry Perry Manno

    What’s disturbing about Washburn’s hypothesis is Rondo’s disposition does project an outward mood of sullen aloofness. Whether it was his sudden withdrawal from the USA Basketball team, or these locker room back stories, his game suffers when the going gets tough.
    Of course taking the leadership mantle away from Pierce and Garnett is proving to be a delicate if not daunting task, so let’s give him the benefit of the doubt. We did have to endure Pierce’s immature antics before he became a true leader.
    As for the all-star snub, RR could use it as a motivation. Then again with the rash of injuries going around he may indeed find his way on to the roster anyhow. The fact that he missed 8 games didn’t help his cause either when you consider L. Williams and B. Jennings have had good seasons playing 10 and 9 games more respectively. Also in consideration was Irving, but he’ll have numerous opportunities down the road. That leaves D. Williams … a top ten player.
    Rondo was playing at a high level before the injury, but has been pedestrian since returning to the line up. Those factors and D.Will’s late offensive surge on a shorthanded Nets team had an effect. The Celtics were 6-2 without RR. What would NJ look like without D. Will?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/d101585222683105036 D

    when did he play for Louisville? Come on man, you clearly don’t know as much as you think you do about Rondo.

  • http://jimbaumer.posterous.com/ Jim

    Rondo’s got his opportunity, on national TV, against an elite point guard in Rose, to show NBA fans why he should be going to Orlando.
    Given the recent sample size, and Friday night’s dismal performance against Jose Calderon (not exactly an all-star caliber guard), I’m not optimistic about today. Of course, Rondo being Rondo, he may put together the kind of game that continues to keep Celtics Nation divided on whether Rondo is the second coming, or someone that Danny should deal before his value diminishes.
    I put myself in the 2nd camp, having soured on Rondo and recognizing that the team seems to play better without him walking the ball up, over-dribbling, and when the other team backs off, lacks the ability to shoot it, or take it aggressively to the rack. Not the stuff of all-stars in my book.

  • http://theresastatforthat.blogspot.com deron

    There’s going to be snubs every year. I’m just glad to see new blood in the All-Star game; a handful of players have dominated the selections over the last 10 years or so.
    http://theresastatforthat.blogspot.com/2012/02/nba-has-next-class-of-perennial-all.html