Don't ever talk to Rajon Rondo about his business.
A gaggle of reporters made that mistake in the aftermath of the news about the Boston Celtics point guard's birthday celebrations, and the response wasn't exactly filled with happy clowns, sessions of pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey and balloons (h/t Ben Rohrbach of WEEI.com):
Rondo has never been the most friendly guy with reporters, but at least he speaks his mind. This was no exception.
For those of you seeking context, the point guard was responding to those criticizing him for spending his off day celebrating his birthday in Los Angeles rather than supporting his team in its endeavor against the Sacramento Kings.
On one hand, it's the responsibility of a leader and newly elected team captain to support those who wear the same jersey as he does. He has to set an example that other players follow, and skipping a team activity like an actual game can easily be viewed as unacceptable.
On the other hand, he knew he wasn't going to play. If he had other plans, hadn't committed to suiting up for the contest and was going to be granted free time, going out is his prerogative.
But the NBA is a business for Rondo, not just entertainment like it is for people who watch the Celtics do battle. And that makes the situation more complicated.
"The problem, according to a source, is that Rondo didn’t ask for permission to stay," writes Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald. "His family had flown to Los Angeles for a celebration, and Rondo informed Stevens that he was staying."
But let's not get into that too much, because it's Rondo's business. And as he just made quite clear, we don't want to stick our noses where they don't belong.
Instead, we should just focus on what does matter, like the point guard's lackluster stats and inability to spark the C's on to victory. Since returning from his ACL injury, the dynamic distributor has averaged 11.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 8.1 assists per game while shooting just over 40 percent, basketball's version of the Mendoza Line.
Most importantly, Boston has gone only 3-11 with him in the lineup this season.
Is that our business?
I'm almost scared to ask.