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The four time All-Star has heard the talk and speculation as to what happened that weekend, but says, “nobody knows the story. You [media] guys keep making up every story you guys possibly can.”
When asked what is the story, Rondo added, “It’s my business. It’s my choice.”
Stevens said he and Rondo have discussed the situation.
“All that we’re handling internally,” Stevens said. “But we’ve sat down and talked and we did that Monday. In my mind, I’m moving forward and then when Danny [Ainge, the celtics president of basketball operations] gets back in town, they can meet and go from there.”
For those of us praying this story would end, forget about it. Rajon Rondo just doused the media firestorm with gasoline.
All Rondo had to do was artfully dodge the question like Brad Stevens. Instead, he defiantly held his ground. He could have softened his message with a wry smile, but instead he purposefully stared down the reporter who asked the follow up question.
This is where Rondo loses me. He’s putting himself first, not the team.
I wanted to write about his masterful 22 point, 11 assist performance last night vs Atlanta. Instead, I find myself doubting this guy’s maturity (again).
For those who want details on exactly what happened, the Herald’s Mark Murphy has insight:
The problem, according to a source, is that Rondo didn’t ask for permission to stay. His family had flown to Los Angeles for a celebration, and Rondo informed Stevens that he was staying.
On Page 2, injuries, injuries and more injuries.
Chris Forsberg goes in depth on each of the injuries plaguing the Celtics rotation players.
Here’s a summary:
Avery Bradley: Ankle sprain, no timetable for return
Jared Sullinger: Concussion, hopeful for Saturday
Kelly Olynyk: Sprained big toe, doubtful for Saturday
Vitor Faverani: Swollen knee, no timetable for return
Rajon Rondo: Chronic stubborness, uncurable
When’s the draft lottery?
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