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Posted by paul on November 20, 2012 at 5:15 PM

The ridiculous 'controversy' over Rondo stat-padding at the end of a game that most of his teammates had long since given up on reminds me of the supposed controversy over Rondo supposedly clotheslining Dwayne Wade.  This video...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5tx5Kte9Y0&feature=youtu.be


... demonstrates that what Rondo said at the time was true, that going for a last second dunk just to humiliate the opposition, as Wade appeared to do, is generally considered bad form in the NBA, to the point where when Lillard did it recently, the entire opposing Chicago team appeared upset, and Nate Robinson had to act as a peacemaker, explaining things to Lillard.  It's pretty obvious that the haters seize any chance to come after Rondo.  


Well, haters, you'd better have at it while you can.  The way Rondo has been developing as a player, and as a leader, opportunities to jump on his case may become more and more rare.  Two prime haters, Bob Ryan and Dan Shaugnessy, did precisely that over at Hate Central (otherwise known as CSNNE)...


http://www.csnne.com/celticsvideo?PID=uvXM2-MUVGQm_iyXGAnn0x9_FD6XFsD8wmeMUy


Ryan seems to think that assist records are meaningless because the definition of an assist has been broadened, such that a pass leading to a jump shot can now be an assist, whereas in Cousy's era, it would not have been.  That might be an interesting point, Bob, except that jump shooting - as Ryan knows - is much better now than it was in Cousy's day.  Players simply shoot MUCH better.  Setting up a good J today is comparable to setting up a shot closer to the hoop in the old days.  I'm sure Cousy would be the first to remind Ryan of this, because it's really quite obvious. Ryan knows it too.  He's that eager, though, to denigrate what Rondo has been accomplishing over the past year.  It's disgraceful.


Shaughnasty goes him one better though.  Dan tells a story about Bird, where Bird was coming off the floor  with a triple double and 9 steals, and someone suggests to him that he should go back to try to collect that last steal.   Bird's reaction, as Shaughnasty regales the story, is to turn away from that person in disgust.  Presumably standing in for Larry, Shaughnasty conveys that same disgust for Rondo, and indicates that he washes his hands of the worthless young man!!!!


I mean, wow!  Dan, you ARE aware that Larry himself appeared to be possibly the hottest buyer on the basketball market for our wondrously delinquent young man a year ago, aren't you?  Sure you are.  The idea of dismissing a guy for a little stat-padding is so ludicrous that it's really quite amazing, except that in the world of Boston media, especially in the world of CSNNE, this kind of meanspirited silliness is all too common.


And what on earth is with these old sportswriters hating on Rondo?   Rondo himself is a throwback in a lot of ways  One would think they'd put him on a pedestal if anything.   Sheesh.


Admittedly, had Rondo's egregious stat-padding not happened in the context of such an egregiously awful game by the whole team, and had he not been one of the few players who played relatively well, it probably would have been a lot more disturbing.  As it happened, though, Rondo's record chase was a long lost ray of light in a terrible wasted evening of pseudo-basketball. I would guess that most Celtics fans were glad he did it, and it was fun to see him and Sully making it happen together.  Rondo and Sully seem to be developing a strong connection.  That's awfully good to see, because Sullinger seems to be a real Celtics type of player.  I'm glad they had a little fun at the end of the game and kept the streak going.  


What I'm more glad about is that according to Greg Payne, on Twitter, the Cs had a Team Meeting today.  That is really awesome, if it's true.  I'm so glad the guys didn't wait any longer.   It will be really interesting to see what kind of team emerges tomorrow night. 

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7 Comments

Reply jlil89
12:52 AM on November 21, 2012 
I like team meetings. Usually brings out the ferocity in this club.
Reply shawn cassidy
1:47 AM on November 21, 2012 
These guys make me want to write. Because others believe these old farts our gods. I say old farts because they can't get their asses out of the 80's. Rondo is Bob Cousy 2.0 get over it. Team meeting is needed.
Reply paul
2:24 AM on November 21, 2012 
jlil89 says...
I like team meetings. Usually brings out the ferocity in this club.


And Doc had some nice things to say, quoted at Celtics Blog, about the faith he has in this team. Strong words. He believes in them.
Reply paul
2:27 AM on November 21, 2012 
shawn cassidy says...
These guys make me want to write. Because others believe these old farts our gods. I say old farts because they can't get their asses out of the 80's. Rondo is Bob Cousy 2.0 get over it. Team meeting is needed.


That whole Larry Bird worship is just beyond belief at this point. As great as the Larry Bird era was, it wasn't the only Celtics ear. Ryan above all should know that. And Larry had his faults too, plenty of them. According to Max, we lost at least one championship because the idjit got into a bar fight. That's a famous example of Larry not being exactly perfect.
Reply Morena
3:09 AM on November 21, 2012 
I think I'll never understand all this Rondo hating by Celtics media. As you said, they should put him on a pedestal!!
Larry Bird turned away disgusted when they told him to stay on the field?? He was probably wrong. If he already had a triple double he was probably playing well, and there's nothing wrong in chasing personal record as long as they don't interfere with the team victory.
The team comes first, no doubt about that; but if you can do something that can make history, well, just do it.
And I agree that it was time for a team meeting. Tough game tonight!!
Reply paul
8:15 AM on November 21, 2012 
Morena says...
I think I'll never understand all this Rondo hating by Celtics media. As you said, they should put him on a pedestal!!
Larry Bird turned away disgusted when they told him to stay on the field?? He was probably wrong. If he already had a triple double he was probably playing well, and there's nothing wrong in chasing personal record as long as they don't interfere with the team victory.
The team comes first, no doubt about that; but if you can do something that can make history, well, just do it.
And I agree that it was time for a team meeting. Tough game tonight!!


Morena, I think Larry was right. For Larry. Rondo uses statistical benchmarks to propel himself, in part as a defense against the statistics based attacks that are constantly raining down on him - that his PER is weak, that he doesn't score enough, etc.. And I think the team kindof likes this Rondo streak, which is, by the way, far more remarkable, I'd say, than many observers would have one think.
Reply paul
8:16 AM on November 21, 2012 
I think the streak has tremendous personal meaning for Rondo not just because it puts him on par with Stockton and Magic, but also because it has to do with the one weakness that has bedeviled his career the most; lack of consistency.