Rondo Done in Boston?
Former UK point guard Rajon Rondo has had an outstanding NBA career with the Boston Celtics. He’s been to the NBA Finals, won an NBA Championship, been named to the All-Star team, and for awhile looked like the centerpiece of what was becoming a rebuilding Celtics team. Over the past year, things have changed dramatically. First his best friend, Kendrick Perkins, was unceremoniously traded mid-season while the Celtics had the NBA’s best record, and his play dropped off significantly the rest of the season, leading the Celtics to having the #3 seed and getting ousted in the second round of the NBA playoffs. Then came much speculation before the start of this season that Rondo was on the trading block. Then came this past Sunday’s incident in a game against Detroit.
While Rondo scored only five points with 10 assists, that was far from being the story of the game. In the third-quarter during a hard fought battle against Detroit, Rondo drove for a layup and thought he was fouled, but didn’t get the call. He then threw the ball at the nearest referee and was immediately ejected. Rondo was then suspended by the NBA for two games. There’s been speculation of Celtics GM Danny Ainge wanting to trade Rondo all season, as he doesn’t believe he can properly build a team around Rondo. Rondo appears to be letting this and his team losing get to him, and maybe a change of scenery wouldn’t be a bad thing. His Celtics went on to lose to the Pistons, 96-81. It was their fifth loss in six games, and now are fighting for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.