|Posted by paul on April 30, 2012 at 7:05 AM|
“The vets here have advised Rondo,” Garnett said. “He’s our young leader. We’ve always been advising him. Things I share with him I won’t share with you guys. That’s a Celtic privilege, you know what I’m saying? Other than that he’s a professional. He’s learned from countless situations that he’s been in. This year he’s been in a couple of situation that have progressed him as a young man and a young leader. There’s a lot of personalities around here and we don’t just follow people just because Doc or someone says, ‘Follow.’ You have to lead by example and we follow Rondo for a reason.”
Gotta love Garnett right now. He's making it clear that the team has to rally around this situation, not fall apart over it. He's funny too - he compares Rondo to the Black Lion head of the anime super-transformer-robot Voltron! I just gotta draw that one.
PFlapp's article is a good one. He has a good discussion of the meaning of the word "intentional", as regards Rondo's likely suspension. Rondo has a point in that it's clear that he didn't premeditate bumping the ref. But once his trip over Davis' foot put him on top of Davis ... well, then he obviously did purposefully bump him. I'll just say that if the suspension is more than one game, it will be one more proof of how corrupt the NBA is.
Speaking of which, disgraced former official Tim Donaghy confirms, for what it is worth, that Rondo will be a marked man from now on for the refs, if he wasn't before, and that refs purposefully screw over players that they collectively don't like. It's not like we needed to be told that by a former insider, but there it is, fwiw. What this does is make Rondo's career more difficult, but if anyone can transcend the refs, Rondo can, IF he channels his anger.