Regardless of the sport, when a player is a superstar, their team relies heavily on them. When those players go down with an injury, it not only affects their team currently, but it also affects the team’s future depending on how long the injury keeps said superstar out. Generally, the player needs to be medically cleared before participating in any physical activity.
Apparently, Boston Celtics‘ Rajon Rondo is the exception to this rule.
Players like Adrian Peterson, Robert Griffin III and Derrick Rose are all superstars who recently suffered major injuries and waited patiently until they were medically cleared. In Rose’s case, he waited even longer before participating in any on-court activity. The fact that Boston has used Rondo’s name in trade discussions in the past doesn’t bode well for him now that he decided to play in a 3-on-3 pick-up basketball game without being medically cleared.
Rondo is by far the biggest star the Celtics now have. There is no Ray Allen, Paul Pierce or Kevin Garnett walking through the doors of the Garden now or anytime in the future. Rondo doing something as stupid as playing pick-up basketball without being fully healthy is a reason for Boston to trade him immediately.
Clearly, Rondo either doesn’t care about the Celtics future and his own, or he just feels he can do whatever he wants. Moments like this prove Rondo doesn’t have what it takes to be a true team leader because if he did, he would realize that doing something so stupid can not only hurt his future as a player, but the entire team’s future if he injures himself even more.
Boston would be better off if they traded Rondo because what they will get in return will help the Celtics more than Rondo can himself.
Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant Sports.com: “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @1AndOnlyPidgeon, add him to your network on Google or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org