|Posted by paul on November 29, 2012 at 5:45 AM|
Rondo went too far last night. I don't think there is any question about that. Oftentimes in life, we go wrong not because of what we did, but because we didn't know when to stop. Rondo was clearly in the right when he confronted and shoved Humphries, because Humphries had delivered a dangerous cheap shot to KG which sent KG awkwardly to the floor. Not only was Rondo in the right, but he was showing that he truly accepts the role of leader on this Celtics team. He personally took responsibility of confronting a man much larger than himself, to send a message that both teams needed.
It's hard to understand why - yet again - this team came out flat and weak. It's not hard to understand, though, that the Nets seemed to be playing rough basketball, and the refs were helping them do it. Will Danny take responsibility for getting rid of this team's interior presence and enforcer? Will Doc take responsibility for not getting off his butt to defend his players? Where is his voice when his players get hammered to the floor?
It's amazing to see how people have chosen to describe this incident with lying eyes. It has to be deliberate. Some are saying that Rondo is a thug, that what he did was a cheap shot, that KG flopped, that Humphries didn't even hit him - watching the reaction has been quite a demonstration of much that was wrong with the world. It reminds me of high school. Remember how the 'social reality' - that the cliques said was true - became the only reality for most, and everyone lived in a bizarre and nasty dream world? Unfortunately, that never changes. Those who speak and react honestly are almost always the most reviled.
The only cheap shot was the one Humphries laid on KG. What Rondo did was the exact opposite to a cheap shot or thug move. But reputations are weird. Wade has been a true thug over and over again, and yet a poll of NBA players last year didn't even mention him as a cheap shot artist.
It was good to see Terry especially, and Pierce, Bass and KG come to Rondo's defense. Terry was the quickest, and he had strong words after the game...
"Some guys are tough. Some guys pretend to be. He's one of those that pretends to be," said Terry. "I played with him (on the 2009-10 Dallas Mavericks). Maybe that's the role (head coach) Avery (Johnson) wants him to have, but he could leave that to somebody else."
I love Terry for telling it like it is. There are so many cheap shot artists in the league who don't have the reputation they deserve. Battier. Chandler. Humphries. Notice too how these guys all have that same smirk? Remember that smirk from high school? It's pathetic, but what's more pathetic is that those weak bully types never got called out for what they really were. Kudos to Terry for calling Humphries out.
It seems that Rondo will be gone for a while, and I really wonder how this season reset will affect the team. What is wrong with this team that it would come out so flat for an important home game against a key rival? Why are we, as Doc put it, so darned soft? Rondo stepped up, as he did in the first game against the Hawks in the playoffs last year. He hates bullies, he hates bad refs, and he knows that sometimes his team needs a reminder to care. But you've got to calibrate it, Rondo. It's hard to calibrate emotion, but nothing is more important to being a leader.
Meanwhile the Nets are calling Rondo a "mosquito", and supposedly they celebrated after the game. That shows how intimidated they are by the Cs. They acted like they won the championship, but all they did was beat the Celtics in a regular season game, with a lot of help with the Made Men in grey.