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Rondology: Rondo Worse Than Metta?!

Posted by paul on April 30, 2012 at 11:55 AM


Wow.  The internet Rondo haters are out in force (eg. on Twitter).  According to these wise minds, Rondo is a punk, a thug, and the same as, or worse than, Metta World Peace.   Many people are bullies and will seize any chance to attack someone who is 'different'.   Of course, there are the usual homophobic verbal assaults ('why was Rondo trying to grind on the referee'), as if to confirm that Rondo being different from the norm is what really enrages people about him.  Otherwise it's not  easy to explain people equating a very slight chest bump, slight enough that people are actually arguing about it, to a guy hauling off and assaulting someone else with their elbow, or even charging into the stands to assault people there.  The unfolding feeding frenzy of hatred towards Rondo obviously has almost nothing to do with what he actually did.


I find it interesting too that most don't discuss the context.  There is an assumption that the officials are always right, and even if they are not right, they are still right.   Rondo was justly angry at the officiating.  There were two extremely egregious and blatantly unfair calls in a row that cost the Celtics the game (most likely), which led up to the chest bump.  Yet even seemingly more knowledgeable fans are claiming that Rondo cost the Cs the game, this being a game that they wouldn't have had a chance to win without him, and even though the awful foul call on Bass meant that the game was essentially over anyway, since Smith was about to get foul shots!   To me, all this points to another ugly motivation for hating;  a lot of people worship authority.


Based on these two  crazy motivations, presumably, some people are even calling for a three game suspension!  What's even crazier is that, the NBA being what it is, they'll likely get it.


Dan Shaughnessy jumps in with both feet, naturally.  He can't miss a chance to rip Rondo, it seems:

“What does matter is a guy doing a selfish thing in the beginning of the playoffs, taking himself out of the next game. Even that game, that was a very winnable game at that point the way they were coming back,” said Shaughnessy. “We understand frustration and all that stuff, this is not acceptable. You don’t go anywhere with this guy as your leader.”

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“What this kid looks like to me is a product of the AAU environment, where you’re a special guy from the time you’re 10-years old,” he said of Rondo. “Tremendous talent, we know what he is. But that is not OK; it’s un-defendable,

 

 

 

Shaughnessy's point about the sense of entitlement young players are encouraged to have is valid, of course. I'll never forget the blue chip guy we had at our highschool.  Sheesh.  But Rondo is certainly not a selfish player.  In some ways, the is the paragon unselfish player.   And no, as Shaugnessy knows, the game was not winnable when the techs happened.  The comment that it was alone shows how little credibility Shaugnhessy has.  He also calls the foul call on Bass correct.  No, Dan, it should have been a jump ball, and you know it.  Shaughnessy even calls Rondo's baby bump against the ref  "brutal";  really?  That slight tap was "brutal"?


The guys on the radio show where Shaughnessy holds forth  even claim that Rondo isn't being hated enough in Boston!!!!  They want him to be ripped harder and more!


This whole mess is a  threat to Rondo's career.   On one hand he clearly does have a real problem with channelling anger, as many, or most people do.  That goes hand in hand with him being an extremely emotional player.  Rondo clearly needs to keep working on that.   It would be a terrible shame if his career was to be harmed by anger management problems.   On the other hand, you have Rondo's bad reputation growing by leaps and bounds at this point.  Most reputations are wildly overblown, but most people don't care about that.  All they care about, it often seems, is victimizing anyone who  has been scapegoated and set aside, kicking someone while they are down.  We already see what looks to be a clear pattern of refs looking to avoid making calls in Rondo's favor, while making calls against him.  This not only damages his career, but also puts a target on his back for people like Tyson Chandler to take advantage of.  They know that they may be able to clobber Rondo and likely not even get a foul called.  Is there anyone in the league who attacks the basket more without getting calls?


The other side of the coin is that Rondo is a creative person, who loves the game.  When you have that going for you, you have a lot, and you can overcome a lot of adversity.


I think that if the suspension is for one game, Rondo will learn from this and move on.  If it is for two or more, I think it will be unjust to both Rondo and the Celtics, and I think it will really hurt his career.


And I wonder;  where is the accountability for refs?  Players and coaches are not allowed to criticize them.  Players and coaches are barely allowed to even talk to refs.  Is this just, especially in the absence of any alternative way to object to what refs do?


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Sheesh.  Not to be outdone by WEEI and Shaughnessy, Clinchy offers up a hit piece at Celtics Blog:

 

We've witnessed countless moments over the last few years in which Rondo has come off as irrational, immature, insecure, confrontational or otherwise unfit to be the leader of a championship NBA team. It's got to be wearing on everyone around him. The Celtics' roster is packed with future Hall of Famers, and their coaching staff and front office alike are brimming with great basketball minds, but Rondo's the straw that stirs the drink, and all of them know it. Their championship fates are being held hostage by a volatile, unpredictable 26-year-old. At times like this, you can't imagine they're happy about it.

We live in a superstar-driven world. LeBron James got millions of viewers for his "Decision," Chris Paul forced his way to the Clippers, Carmelo Anthony not only went to the Knicks but squeezed his coach out to boot, and now Dwight Howard may get his coach axed as well. The Celtics don't have any megastars of quite that caliber, but Rondo's the closest thing they've got.


Without any noticeable irony, Clinchy offers up this witches' brew of Coach Killers and noted team cancers, so to speak, as if they somehow prove how bad Rondo is!  Actually, no Evans, they point towards Rondo's virtues, as you must surely know.  Rondo is passionate for the game itself, and loyal to a fault, and he is in someways the ultimate team-first player.  As Garnett pointed out in connection with Rondo, the same things that make you great are invariably your achilles heel.  Rondo is so clearly the type of player that you can build a great team around that if you are thinking about trading him, you clearly are not thinking in basketball terms.


Clinchy finishes his screed with this:

 

 

KG had nothing but positive words for Rondo last night, calling him "the head that forms Voltron" in his presser last night, a weird description of the point guard's ability to coordinate the team's offense. But behind the scenes, there's no doubt he's getting fed up with the little man's antics.

Apparently Clinchy is now a mind reader.  According to Clinchy, we should ignore Garnett's effusive words for Rondo, and assume that they are a mere mask.  I don't think so.  I think that what Garnett was feeling was perfectly evident during his words to the press, and it was mostly about concern for Rondo and for the team.  I'm sure Garnett recognizes what we all do:  that this trainwreck could not only ruin the Celtics season, but could also ruin a potentially brilliant HOF career.


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A lot of sources, starting with Celtics Life that I saw, are reporting that it is one game suspension.  I can't believe Stern did the right thing?

 

 

 


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Reply paul
1:01 PM on April 30, 2012 
Best tweet so far:

"if the nba suspends Rondo on the same criteria as Artest then he should only miss like 3 min. of game 2."
Reply Franklin
1:08 PM on April 30, 2012 
Wow glad to see two Rondology columns,but I wish they were under different circumstances.
Reply Greg
1:10 PM on April 30, 2012 
Paul, love that you give the world a different look on Rondo.
Reply paul
1:12 PM on April 30, 2012 
Franklin says...
Wow glad to see two Rondology columns,but I wish they were under different circumstances.


Me too. I'm so bummed out. I was so upset when this all happened last night. Our chances for a championship may have been wrecked last night, and Rondo's career too may have been wrecked. That was so distressing to see, on so many levels.
Reply paul
1:14 PM on April 30, 2012 
Greg says...
Paul, love that you give the world a different look on Rondo.


Thanks, Greg. When I listen to guys like Shaughnessy, I really wonder what world they live in. In the world I live in, a guy like Rondo, however difficult he may be, represents what makes me (us?) love the sport of basketball, makes us love sports in general. He loves the game. He has a personal vision for it that is unselfish and unique. and what's sickening is the twisted pleasure so many people are obviously taking in Rondo's downfall
Reply paul
3:25 PM on April 30, 2012 
Today again Doc and the team are sticking up for Rondo. They aren't throwing him under the bus. Way to go, guys.
Reply celts
3:41 PM on April 30, 2012 
paul says...
Today again Doc and the team are sticking up for Rondo. They aren't throwing him under the bus. Way to go, guys.

I love that and also pierce and kg can't really throw him under the bus because they have each got ejected last 2 seasons and kg got a suspension in 2010 although we won that game after, but yeah good for doc im sure he gave him a nice talking to, but im glad he backed him up.
Reply Morena
3:50 PM on April 30, 2012 
Wow.. there are some crazy haters on the web..
I didn't believe I could ever read such things for a little chest bump..
The situation for Rondo is really complicated: if he stand up for himself, the refs will make calls against him, and if he doesn't stand up for himself, he get beaten and those refs won't make calls to protect him.

I love that Doc and the Celtics are protecting him from haters!! That's exactly what he needs!!
And they'll need to do this from now on.. or, as you said, we could see the career of a unique and incredible talented player destroyed by haters..
Reply Morena
3:51 PM on April 30, 2012 
paul says...
Best tweet so far:

"if the nba suspends Rondo on the same criteria as Artest then he should only miss like 3 min. of game 2."


This tweet is amazing!!
Reply jlil89
4:07 PM on April 30, 2012 
**** this crap and **** Marc Davis. Little thuglet of an official. This is so ****ing dumb. I can live with a one game suspension, I won't like it but I can live with it. If they go over that though.... I swear.... NBA is turning into some pussy league with crooked officials that suck Stern's weiner all day. I hope that something is fixed for next season on officiating. Especially in the damn playoffs. Why the hell can we not just go back to the table and watch a replay and give out the CORRECT call. Should have kneed Davis in the balls for his outrageous out of bounds decision.

Alright... I'm done raging. Sorry it's been building and building inside me all day, last night, and in my dreams. Rondo looked so sad at one point when Keyon touched his back to calm him into the locker room. I could see it in his eyes... just for a second or two. Like a realization of what had just happened and the very possible consequence that would follow. He most definitely knew based on how calls have NOT AT ALL been going his way in the slightest throughout the whole season. He knows he is on the referee's "Let's screw this guy" list. It's not fair is what ran through his head at that moment. No, it isn't Rondo.
Reply paul
4:37 PM on April 30, 2012 
One game, according to Celtics Life. I can't believe the NBA did the right thing for once.
Reply paul
4:39 PM on April 30, 2012 
celts says...
I love that and also pierce and kg can't really throw him under the bus because they have each got ejected last 2 seasons and kg got a suspension in 2010 although we won that game after, but yeah good for doc im sure he gave him a nice talking to, but im glad he backed him up.


I think this team is going to really pull together over this. I think they see even closer up what we see - that for all his faults, Rondo loves the game, loves his teammates, and is team first, and that Mark Davis is a freaking piece of work...
Reply paul
4:42 PM on April 30, 2012 
Morena says...
Wow.. there are some crazy haters on the web..
I didn't believe I could ever read such things for a little chest bump..
The situation for Rondo is really complicated: if he stand up for himself, the refs will make calls against him, and if he doesn't stand up for himself, he get beaten and those refs won't make calls to protect him.

I love that Doc and the Celtics are protecting him from haters!! That's exactly what he needs!!
And they'll need to do this from now on.. or, as you said, we could see the career of a unique and incredible talented player destroyed by haters..


I love the way you put it, Morena. That's how I see it too. If he stands up for himself, he gets beaten up. If he doesn't stand up for himself he gets beaten up.

I feel like folks who admire Rondo got to understand - and I know they do all too well - that there's nothing most folks hate more than a creative individual who refuses to meld with the mob. But too, people find that strangely attractive as well. It makes them remember how they felt when they were children and weren't afraid to express themselves in what they did.
Reply paul
4:44 PM on April 30, 2012 
Morena says...
This tweet is amazing!!


slight brush vs full on smash to face - i can't figure out which is more heinous Morena...!
Reply Morena
4:46 PM on April 30, 2012 
paul says...
slight brush vs full on smash to face - i can't figure out which is more heinous Morena...!


yeah, that's a tough call!!
Reply paul
4:49 PM on April 30, 2012 
jlil89 says...
**** this crap and **** Marc Davis. Little thuglet of an official. This is so ****ing dumb. I can live with a one game suspension, I won't like it but I can live with it. If they go over that though.... I swear.... NBA is turning into some pussy league with crooked officials that suck Stern's weiner all day. I hope that something is fixed for next season on officiating. Especially in the damn playoffs. Why the hell can we not just go back to the table and watch a replay and give out the CORRECT call. Should have kneed Davis in the balls for his outrageous out of bounds decision.

Alright... I'm done raging. Sorry it's been building and building inside me all day, last night, and in my dreams. Rondo looked so sad at one point when Keyon touched his back to calm him into the locker room. I could see it in his eyes... just for a second or two. Like a realization of what had just happened and the very possible consequence that would follow. He most definitely knew based on how calls have NOT AT ALL been going his way in the slightest throughout the whole season. He knows he is on the referee's "Let's screw this guy" list. It's not fair is what ran through his head at that moment. No, it isn't Rondo.


I feel you. I'm really starting to hate this league. Tim Donaghy was talking today about officials basically ganging up on players they don't like. HOW IS THAT NOT THUG?!

I hear you too about the way Keyon seemed to calm Rondo down - that was cool to see. You can see why he's important to the team. And I think I know what you mean about the sadness. What Rondo did was wrong. But what has been happening to him is wrong too, and to the team as well. This one official has been so egregious and EVEN SO nothing is done about him!!!!!!!!!! How does the league justify this? How bad would a ref's calls have to be for anything to be done about it?
Reply paul
4:50 PM on April 30, 2012 
Morena says...
yeah, that's a tough call!!


I'm surprised the players don't complain about it. It's like the league is saying that they are pieces of meat whose life and health doesn't matter, where a ref is a precious diamond...


I feel certain we will win game two, and then it's Rondo Unleashed in game three!!!

WATCH OUT HAWKS!!!
Reply Morena
4:54 PM on April 30, 2012 
paul says...
I'm surprised the players don't complain about it. It's like the league is saying that they are pieces of meat whose life and health doesn't matter, where a ref is a precious diamond...


I feel certain we will win game two, and then it's Rondo Unleashed in game three!!!

WATCH OUT HAWKS!!!


Can't wait for Rondo revenge!! Do I smell triple double??
Reply paul
5:06 PM on April 30, 2012 
Morena says...
Can't wait for Rondo revenge!! Do I smell triple double??


quadruple double!!!!
Reply paul
5:07 PM on April 30, 2012 
A two day suspension would have been a killer, but a one day suspension will fire us up!