Everyone knows that the Boston Celtics are one of the worst teams in the NBA. In fact, with a 19-39 record, the Celtics are looking at contending for a top lottery pick come June. If such is the case, what is the motivation for an elite point guard like Rajon Rondo to give it his all for the betterment of the team?
Those are the kind of questions that people are asking that are making Rondo believe he is above the team — hence why he skipped the team’s game against the Sacramento Kings to stay in Los Angeles to party for his 28th birthday.
Sure, he wasn’t schedule to play the following game after losing to the Los Angeles Lakers with a minor injury, but reports have come out that Rondo didn’t receive permission from the Celtics to skip the game against the Kings to stay in L.A. to have a birthday celebration.
While it is his decision on whether or not he should travel with the team even though he wasn’t scheduled to play, basketball is a team game and he’s making a mockery of that idea.
Rondo was one of the biggest names thrown around during the trade deadline, but he remained a Celtic with the front office hoping to build around the elite point guard.
However, if Rondo wants to be the center of a franchise’s future, he is going to need to knock off the immature acts. This skipping of a game to party for his birthday is just the latest in the long line of immature moves he has pulled during his career. In fact, he has been known to ignite confrontations with opponents, bump into players after the whistle and even bump into, and toss basketballs at, referees.
It’s time to grow up, Rajon. The league needs you to be a role model.
Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.