The most talented players in the Association, are absolutely worthless to their franchises; if they allow the moment to overtake them getting ejected from a contest. Although, a team can be inspired from such an incident; in most cases, the production loss on the floor outweighs the remaining members of the squad’s motivation; especially if the player ejected, is one the club’s stars. Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, allowed his temper to get the best of him Wednesday night, causing him to be ejected from the Celtics game against the Brooklyn Nets and according to the “Boston Globe” the All-Star point guard was suspended an additional two games by the NBA; from his part of an on the court scuffle in the contest.
The fight took place during the second quarter of Boston’s loss to the Nets; by a final score of 95-83, after Brooklyn forward Kris Humphries pushed Celtics big man Kevin Garnett on a scoring attempt; with less than 30 seconds left in the first half. The Celtics point guard reacted violently to the foul by Humphries and went after the Brooklyn forward; opening up a melee that carried over into the stands behind the basket. Humphries and forward Gerald Wallace were sent to their locker room by game officials, while they banished Rondo to the Celtics locker room. The Boston point guard was on the court for just 17:57, scoring only six points and may have helped Boston defeat the Nets at the “New Garden” on Wednesday night.
While it certainly pleased “Celtics Nation” to watch their point guard throw down, to stick up for his teammate; the momentary buzz they felt was far from being sufficient to compensate for Boston to be without Rondo for the next two games. The veteran spoke to the media on Thursday afternoon and said “I don’t think I did anything dirty. I didn’t try to start a riot. I don’t think it’s more than just a pushing war that started. I thought the play on Kevin was a malicious play. I got hurt last summer on a similar play like that, a guy going up in the air defenseless, on his way down. I know I have to be out there for my teammates, that’s the only thing about it. But I was sticking up for my teammates. I’m not trying to start a fight. I’m not trying to be a bully.”
Rondo’s motivation and inclination to do battle for his teammate is commendable; however this is far from the first time he has gone through this incident. This is Rajon’s third suspension by the Association since February; the other two times involving confrontations with game officials. The problem becomes two-fold; the Celtics are a far better team when he is on the floor and it is getting to the point, that he’ll be labeled a “Problem Child,” by referees, which will give him a handicap during close calls during games.
We all mistakes, however we should learn something from the incident; especially not to allow the situation to re-occur. Rajon Rondo is arguably one of the five top point guards playing in the Association; but until he learns to manage his anger better, he will never reach his full potential.