Dec 30, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) drives to the basket during the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics Rajon Rondo is a Poor Sport, But is that a Bad Thing?

I’m a sore loser…Some teams are OK with losing, some guys are OK with just getting a check.  But everything I do, I compete. I want to win, so this four-game losing streak is frustrating. But you go through adversity throughout the season. This might be the first time we’ve had a four-game losing streak, but we’ve had three in the past a lot of times, so it’s nothing to get too down about. It’s a long season. I’m staying positive. I haven’t lost faith or hope in this team and I still have high expectations, and I know we will turn it around. – Rajon Rondo 


Rajon Rondo’s competitive nature is something to be lauded.

After all, who likes to lose?

In an era which many players have become complacent, simply “getting a check,” as Rondo said, it’s refreshing to see a guy who takes each loss seriously.

Unfortunately for Rajon and the Celtics, the losses have become all too common.  But Rondo is remaining optimistic, despite the fact that the losses have him down.  Rondo’s ego is what drives the “poor sport” aspect, but it is ego that enables players to maintain elite play.  It’s ego that separates the Michael Jordans of the NBA from the guys who simply mail it in and know they’ll be paid the same, regardless of the outcome of the game.

Some may say that it’s not a good example for our youths.  Being a poor sport is something we try to instruct our youngsters not to be.  But maybe we shouldn’t.  Maybe being a poor sport is the hallmark of what makes a great competitor in any profession.

And, as stated, losing is never fun.

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