|Posted by paul on November 29, 2012 at 12:15 PM|
Of all the writers I've seen comment in the aftermath of The Fight, Wojnorawski seems to make the most sense.
The genius of Rajon Rondo's talent comes with the combustibility. If the Boston Celtics needed to respond to Brooklyn's Kris Humphries crashing Kevin Garnett onto the floor, someone else needed to do it. Superstars step aside and let role players retaliate. They don't get thrown out and suspended.
So why did Rondo do it?
"Loyalty," a close friend of his said Wednesday night.
Yes, Rondo cares deeply about his partnership with Garnett and believes there's a code that comes with honoring him. No one feels sorry for Garnett getting a hard foul – he's delivered his share, legitimate and not-so-legitimate, through the years. The bigger issue was the way that the Nets were taking the fight to the Celtics – the way that Brooklyn's come after Boston in two victories this season – and that's what Rondo and Garnett and these Celtics truly need to combat now.
So Rondo likely goes to the bench with a suspension, his combustible self costing the Celtics in a way that was completely unnecessary. There was no honor to defend on Wednesday night in Boston, no valor in rushing to Garnett's side.
Someone else should've taken the suspension for Boston, but more importantly, the Celtics should've matched the way Brooklyn so desperately wanted to beat them. That's the bigger issue, and that's the test for the Celtics point guard when his suspension ends next week.
This really gets at the heart of the matter, except that Wojnorawski doesn't go far enough. Let's ask, why does Rondo feel compelled to be the enforcer? Woj, it's because the Cs don't have any enforcer. Rondo is the closest thing we have to an enforcer. That's a crazy situation, but it's the situation we are in. Remember The Trade? Oh right, we aren't supposed to mention that little screwup by Danny. On top of that, the refs seem to like it just fine when the Cs get mauled.
Meanwhile, it's interesting to see how what happened gets distorted in the twitterverse. There's a lot of hate out there. One person even asserted that Rondo snuck up on Humphries and attacked him! Lots of folks calling Humphries bodying KG off balance and then hitting him with a straight arm in the face and chest to make him fall awkwardly a "flop". I remember Rondo being called a flopper each time he got mauled in the lane. This is how wars start; because most people don't care about truth, and they like violence. They just like to gang up on someone. That's how it was in high school. Folks who actually try to be truthful and compassionate in life are incredibly rare. And, of course, they are even more rare in the twitterverse. Thank God for Twitter. Now Junior High can be everywhere all the time, and neverending.
For the Celtics, the question is, what do we do now that more and more teams are pushing us around without compunction? Rondo can't take on every Humphries-Kleiza-Chandler-Battier stooge in the league.
Our wonderful local backstabber/journohack PFlapp has a ball quoting Reggie Evans' vicious comments about Rondo at length and promoting them as the accurate description of what happened:
Rondo comments today:
What fascinates me is that Rondo comments that a foul similar to what was done to KG injured him last year. I thought of this right away the first time I saw the video. I'm sure he's talking about the Klieza play, where Kleiza fouled him, but then after the play made sure to knock him awkwardly to the floor. That was a stooge play, whether by Kleiza or by Humphries.
Am seeing two games?