|Posted by shawn cassidy on November 2, 2012 at 1:05 AM|
This topic has been examined on this site in so many ways, and on other sites. And this story has set the tone for the entire season for both teams.
"I mean, I don't think it was a hard foul," said Rondo. "[Wade] sold it a little bit. That's basketball. They were up, he drove to the hole, I didn't want to give up a layup. Simple as that. I didn't yank him down, or dirty plays that you've seen him play in the past. So that's what it is."
Earlier in the day, Rivers suggested that Rondo's foul was only a "punk play" if Wade's takedown of Rondo in the 2011 playoffs that dislocated his elbow was deemed the same. Rivers did seem amused that the play has become such a talking point.
"I thought it was nondescript. I really did," said Rivers. "[Rondo] grabbed him around the shoulders, it wasn’t that hard. So I think it’s much ado about nothing, personally. And I hate going back to [Rivers' playing] days, but, my gosh, that would have been maybe a foul. I didn’t think it was that big of a deal. But I guess it is."
To Doc's point it's a big deal, because Wade made it a big deal. It's also blown up because it's good television. I won't lie, it's lovely being able to hate Wade even more on our side. Wade shows his true colors. Rondo has a coolness about him through this entire mess. Rondo doesn't want to be bullied by one of the NBA's made men. He shouldn't stand for that, and as a fan it gives me more respect for Rondo.