Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo has been widely touted as a potential MVP candidate come season's end, but if he keeps up with the immature antics all season long, it's going to be hard for him to nail down the MVP award—or help his team to an NBA championship, for that matter.
Rondo was involved in an altercation Wednesday night after Kris Humphries fouled Kevin Garnett late in the second quarter.
Humphries definitely fouled Garnett, but it seemed to be a bit embellished by Garnett if anything. The response from Rondo was to shove Humphries, inciting an all-out brawl between the two teams.
Rondo and Humphries both ended up getting ejected, and the Celtics ultimately went on to lose the game, 95-83.
It all seemed a lot more serious in regular time, but go ahead, take a look for yourself and tell me what you think about the whole altercation.
What happened in the altercation was a sell by Garnett, followed by an overreaction by Rondo that's now being called "brave" just because he went up and shoved a bigger guy. Rondo was ejected, and his team lost.
It was Rondo's immaturity at its finest.
This goes hand in hand with the absurd assist streak that Rondo, as well as the Celtics, were obsessed with over the course of the first 15 games of the season.
The biggest example of Boston, and Rondo's, obsession with the streak came in a blowout loss to the Detroit Pistons in which Rondo was four assists away from netting 10 for the game.
They put Rondo back into the game with just under six minutes left, despite the fact that the team was down by 18 points. Was the game out of reach? It was about as close as a game can be without it becoming out of reach.
Rondo nabbed three more dimes, but the Celtics lost ground, and with under two minutes left in the game they were down by 20 and Rondo had nine assists, so Doc Rivers called a timeout.
The timeout wasn't to take Rondo out, but to run a play for him to get another assist. Rondo turned it over.
Lucky for Rondo, Boston was able to get a rebound and Jared Sullinger hit a three-pointer for him.
There's been an obsessive nature about Rondo's assist-hawking play over the past few weeks, and it's come at times to the detriment of his team hitting a trailer when a wide-open layup is available.
Not only has Rondo's immaturity been a story for his entire career, he has had a strange stretch this season that has rubbed folks the wrong way every step of the way, and with public opinion, so can go MVP votes.
We've seen public opinion change the award race in the past, most notably in 1993 when Charles Barkley beat out Hakeem Olajuwon and Michael Jordan for the award. Hakeem and Jordan were Nos. 1 and 2 in the Defensive Player of the Year voting, and Jordan yet again had a dominant year offensively.
However, Jordan had won the past two MVP awards, and the feeling was that voters were tired of him winning the award.
In order to win the MVP award in today's NBA, you surely don't have to be a boy scout, but you'd better behave if you're not running away with it.
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