Posted December 04, 2012

Celtics’ Rondo says 2-game suspension taught him nothing

Ben Golliver, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Kris Humphries, Rajon Rondo
The Celtics and Nets got into a scrum last week (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The Celtics and Nets got into a scrum last week and Rajon Rondo wound up suspended. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

By Ben Golliver

Need 10+ assists a night? Rajon Rondo is your guy. Looking for feigned remorse? Bark up a different tree.

The Boston Globe reports that the Celtics’ All-Star point guard was his typically chippy self on Tuesday when asked to break down his recent two-game suspension for getting into a shoving match with Nets forward Kris Humphries that spilled into the baseline seats at TD Garden.

“I wanted to be out there with my teammates but obviously a 2-game suspension, like I said I was glued in front of the TV,” said Rondo, who told reporters he went to Mexico during the break. “Hopefully I don’t feel too winded tomorrow. I think I’ve been off for about a week now. We’ll see tomorrow.”

When asked if he learned any lessons during his third suspension in nine months, he said: “No.”

Rondo did say he missed being around his teammates. “It was difficult,” he said, “I love being around the guys. I love coming into practice and being around them on the team plane, but I had to miss that for a couple of days but other than that everything is back to normal.”

Rondo was suspended for two games last season after throwing a basketball at referee Sean Wright during a February game against the Pistons. He was also suspended for Game 2 of a first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against the Hawks in May after bumping referee Marc Davis.

These were Rondo’s first comments since the incident. He did not address reporters following last Wednesday’s game against the Nets. Rondo was suspended after he shoved Humphries, who had fouled Kevin Garnett in the neck area on a driving shot attempt. Humphries shoved back, and then Celtics guard Jason Terry joined the fray, as did Nets forward Gerald Wallace. From there, the pile spilled into the seats, where shoving between multiple members of both teams continued.

His ejection brought an end to his streak of 37 consecutive games registering 10 or more assists. That streak dated back to a Mar. 11 loss to the Lakers and covered the last 24 games of the 2011-12 season plus Boston’s first 13 games of this season. Rondo’s streak tied Jazz guard John Stockton for the second-longest in NBA history. Lakers great Magic Johnson holds the record with 46 straight games during the 1983-84 season.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers called out his team for playing “soft” after the loss to the Nets and his team went 1-1 without Rondo, beating the Blazers at home on Friday night before losing to the Bucks in Milwaukee on Saturday. Boston is currently 9-8 on the season and in fourth place in the Atlantic Division.

Rondo, 26, is averaging 12.9 points, 12.9 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game for the Celtics this season.

2 comments
Tweediness
Tweediness

Rajon it's only November. You seem so unkind. Ray Alen don't like you. And you Won't get your prompt  for being the number 1 point guard in the league. I want to like the Celtics but yall's attitude sucks. Play cordial until the playoffs I want to watch you guys in the playoff again.

headzgreen
headzgreen

You know...I think Rondo is up to his old tricks tweaking the media and saying that he has learned nothing. He's a smart guy...he's not looking to cost his teammates in critical situations. I also think the C's are indeed headed in the right direction. When Bradley gets back, I think they'll really start to groove on defense and their offense will pick up even more as a result. What really baffles me is how every year, fans start jumping off the bandwagon as soon as the C's lose a few games that they think they should have won. In fact, I wrote a blog post about the Chicken Little Syndrome that I see infecting folks each and every year since the 2008 Championship. Check it out and see if you agree: www.greenheadzblog.blogspot.com