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It might be late to talk about the Kris Humphries/Rajon Rondo fight seeing as it was nearly a week ago that it happened. Regardless, I’m going to touch up on that issue. I’m more going talk about how Rondo is going to be the rise or the fall of the Celtics.
First off, that “fight” was just a wrestling match between a guy who cares too much about his teammates and another player who is dirty and chippy. Rondo clearly cares more about his teammates than himself, he takes assists over open lay-ups, he will remember what you did to his player and make a fool out of you on the court, or he’ll make you look like a fool by beating you up even though that player is 6-7 inches taller than him. That other player will hard foul a legend, try to start a fight with a legend in the making and then get his *ss handed to him; and tweet about his “wounds” to add media outrage at the minor incident.
Rajon won the fight. Not only did he stick up for his teammates, but he showed that he’s not selfish. He had a record breaking pace of 10+ assists per game and was nearing the record for himself. He didn’t care about the numbers, he didn’t care about the ejection, the suspension, just about his teammates and his loyalty to them.
I don’t mind Rondo’s “recklessness.” I think it’s a good thing to have back in the NBA. The league is soft. When the 2 best players are friends with each other; what point is there to the games they’ll play? When everybody is friends with everybody in the league there’s no fire, there’s no interest. Guys like Kobe, Garnett, Rondo are guys that make the sport interesting.
Durant and Lebron make it entertaining. The way they score is phenomenal, but how they are friendly toward everyone (except those aforementioned) isn’t interesting. I want to root against those guys that are *ssholes to the other team, that are killers at heart. I want players like Bird and Jordan. I want those rivalries. They’ll have time to make friends when they retire.
Rondo is a guy everyone hates outside of the Boston fan base. He is mouthy, quick, obnoxious and extremely good at basketball. He is what you want in a basketball player. When other teams play him you see the hatred in their eyes toward him. And double the hatred in his eyes. He is a product of his mentors. Ray Allen showed him how to prepare like the best. Paul Pierce showed him how to be clutch. Kevin Garnett showed him how to play defense and how to be the thorn in the opponents’ sides. He learned from the best and is on his way to be one of them too.
Rondo is a breath of fresh, fresh air. His attitude and play are what will make this league interesting again. However he needs to bring his team to the playoffs then the veterans can shake off the dust and the Celtics can explode to the finals.