“I wanted to be out there with my teammates but obviously a 2-game suspension, like I said I was glued in front of the TV,” said Rondo, who told reporters he went to Mexico during the break. “Hopefully I don’t feel too winded tomorrow. I think I’ve been off for about a week now. We’ll see tomorrow.”
When asked if he learned any lessons during his third suspension in nine months, he said: “No.”
Rondo did say he missed being around his teammates. ”It was difficult,” he said, “I love being around the guys. I love coming into practice and being around them on the team plane, but I had to miss that for a couple of days but other than that everything is back to normal.” –Rondo to SI.com
It’s good to see Rajon Rondo learned “nothing” from his suspension. Sarcasm aside, Rondo needs to learn to get control of his emotions during games. The foul from Kris Humphries was questionable, but it didn’t look as though his primary intent was to injure Kevin Garnett.
Rondo simply overreacted.
The idea of coming to the defense of KG is noble. The C’s are a team and should function as a unit. If one man is hacked, the entire team is hacked. But Garnett’s fall was also a product of losing his balance, at least as far as I could discern. Rondo needed to let KG take that into his own hands, and I have a feeling KG wouldn’t have done anything. It’s not that KG is soft—at all—but he was the one fouled, and any actions thereafter should have been initiated by Garnett himself.
Then, if Rondo wants to step in and get a two-game suspension, that’s on him. The only good that can be drawn from Rondo’s action is that the C’s are tight unit where players get one another’s back. But what will Rondo do if this happens more, if he learned “nothing” from what he did.
The Celtics can ill afford to continue to lose their starting point guard, even for just two game stretches, and Rondo may be slightly rusty when he returns, as he hinted at. It’s not that he missed a lot of time, but a week in NBA standards can have a detrimental effect on the winds and conditioning of a player, even one in as good shape as Rondo.