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Boston Celtics starting point guard Rajon Rondo was suspended for last night’s road game against the New York Knicks and the team was fortunate to come up with a win in his absence. Rondo was suspended for his actions in the team’s previous game, when he bumped an official. The ironic part was that it was against the same team that he did it to last season: the Atlanta Hawks. If you recall, in last year’s playoffs, Rondo argued with an official over a call that seemed questionable from the get-go. He clapped his hands and went over to the official and bumped him, immediately being ejected from the game. The NBA league offices suspended him for the next playoff game, a game the Celtics ended up winning as well. Fast forward to the other day and it was pretty much the same scenario for Rondo.
In order to be a great player, he has to be there for his team. He is usually good for a suspension at some point every season and leaders do not put their teams in that type of situation. Rondo is the Celtics best player and they need him to show up every night. Granted last night was just one game, but they cannot go a lengthy time period without him as their starting point guard, plain and simple. He has to control his emotions and someone should teach him to walk as far away as possible from an official if he is upset with a call. Bumping an official is prohibited and it would be most beneficial to get him away from them as quickly as possible if a situation does arise.
Rajon Rondo is a critical piece to the 2012-2013 Boston Celtics and the team needs him to keep his cool.