Rajon Rondo acts as if he’s as old as the number on his jersey.
The Boston Celtics’ supposed leader proved his critics right on Sunday night. His brain malfunctioned, he bumped a ref and now suspension looks likely for No. 9.
Here is a clip of the entire baffling incident.
Will Boston bounce back and win series?
First off, who in their right mind bumps an official? This will go down as one of the most memorable temper tantrums in NBA history.
What made Rondo’s mental-hospital worthy explosion worse was the fact that Brandon Bass’ foul on Josh Smith was more obvious than Kevin Garnett’s passion for F-bombs.
Per Yahoo! Sports' Paul Newberry, Rondo said after the game:
"I deserved the first tech. I didn't intentionally chest-bump him, but that's what it appears to be. It's out of my control.''
David Stern should suspend him for two games for insulting his intelligence.
Boston lost Game 1 by a score of 83-74. In the contest, Rondo was the Celtics’ lone bright spot. He recorded 20 points, four boards, four steals and 11 assists, compared to just a single turnover. It’s a shame that his stellar performance will be overshadowed by his collapse of common sense.
If the Celtics struggled that much against the Hawks with their floor general, it’s difficult to imagine them rebounding without him. Since they failed to come away with a victory, losing Game 2 would be that much more devastating.
It's not like Boston is incapable of defending their home floor and coming back from a 2-0 series deficit, but it’s a difficult situation that Doc Rivers would love to avoid at all costs.
Danny Ainge dangled Rondo for a superstar at the trade deadline, but no GMs bit. After watching the former Kentucky Wildcat blow a gasket over a correct call, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see why.
If the Celtics want to make one last championship run with their current core, Rondo must display composure—the polar opposite of what he did on Sunday night.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.