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.
Brandon Bass took a seat in the upper level of the Celtics practice facility to watch his new team on the court below. He had been traded from the Orlando Magic days earlier and was getting his first glimpse of the Celtics system in action. Bass was observing the X’s and O’s when he was handed a basketball.
“Someone brought me a ball from Rondo,” Bass recalled to CSNNE.com. “He threw a ball up to me just letting me know be ready, that he’s going to be getting me the ball. It made me feel more welcome knowing that my teammates were excited to have me. That was cool. He definitely makes it easier on me by finding me (on the court). It wasn’t hard for him to find me — he knew I liked my shot within a 15 to 17-foot range. It didn’t take long.”
A lot of people are saying… or rehashing… a lot of things when it comes to Rajon Rondo and his suspension. This piece is a nice reminder that a lot of what we think outside of that locker room is wrong.
Those guys in that locker room all love Rondo. Go ahead and read that piece and you’ll see how they feel about him. The Bass story I excerpted is the first I’ve heard of that, and it’s a spectacular example of what kind of teammate Rondo can be. He goes out of his way for his teammates.
Some of what we see is a show for the media. He won’t let anyone outside of that locker room in to his world. The big where Rondo told reporters ”I don’t mess with him anymore,” when he was asked about Perkins was obvious BS… especially when Perk’s wife is tweeting pictures of Rondo holding Perk’s son… who happens to be his God son.
It’s definitely a piece worth reading… and realizing that very few people know who Rondo really is. And that’s not to say that you have to like him as a person or a player. Whether you do or don’t is up to you. But don’t call him a bad teammate… because there are 14 guys that share a locker room with him every day that will disagree.
Related links: CSNNE: Rondo’s maturity isn’t the Celtics’ problem | ESPN Boston: Punishment fits the crime? | WEEI: Appreciate Rondo while you can | Doc: I don’t know if I want to rally around my 6-foot guard | Herald: Rondo off floor again
Bonus link: I wrote about Rajon’s shooting for SheridanHoops.com. It was mostly written before the fight, so the top and the headline had to be tweaked, but this is entirely a story about how his shooting is helping his passing .
The rest of the links:
ESPN Boston: C’s searching for real toughness | Green, Wilcox sit out practice | WEEI: Doc: We’re in no rush to change roster | Herald: Doc will point in-house to spell guard | Globe: Having seen enough, Doc calls out Celtics