Have you heard? The Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics don't like each other much. Not that it was needed, but now there's even more gasoline to fuel the rivalry: Rajon Rondo apparently doesn't like Dwayne Wade calling him out for what Wade called a "punk play."
In the video below, a restrained Rondo is clearly more upset than his words are saying. At the end he calls out Wade for his "dirty plays in the past" and says, "it is what it is."
Rondo's point is fair. Wade is hardly the cleanest player to be throwing the word "punk" around. Then again, that the foul was on Wade doesn't make the play any less "punk" than if it were on anyone else. The play in question is below.
Wade said after the game, "I got my kids watching so I stopped myself, but it was a punk play by him. He clotheslined me." Watching the play, it doesn't really look like a "clothesline," but it was a needlessly hard foul in a game that was clearly decided.
You can get hurt on a play like that. Dwayne Wade should know—he broke Kobe Bryant's nose doing almost exactly the same thing.
Of course, Wade does have a pretty extensive history of being a dirty player. One only has to hearken back to last postseason to recall this.
Then again, Rajon Rondo was not as pure as the driven snow before opening night, either. There was this incident against the Bulls.
And it's not like this is the first incident between the two players, either. Remember when Wade dislocated Rondo's elbow?
Or how about here? While "dirty" isn't the right word for this, it's pretty clearly unsportsmanlike and is clearly getting on Wade's nerves.
Rondo and Wade calling each other dirty is like the pot and the kettle having a media war over who is blacker. It's not that it matters, though. Both teams will take the latest feud as good reason to hate one another even more.
The expression "two wrongs don't make a right" is probably lost on these two. They're pushing to see if 117 wrongs will make a right. Neither player is "right," though. If I'm a YMCA coach, I'm not pointing to either of these guys to teach my kids about sportsmanship.
It's funny that Wade brings up his kids. With both Wade and Rondo being parents, one can't help but wonder what they would tell them if they saw them acting in the way they have.