December 5, 2012
IN AN EDGELESS LEAGUE:
Rajon Rondo: NBA's Most Valuable Rebel : Pushy, combative behavior used to be embraced in professional basketball. Sujay Kumar says the Celtics outspoken point guard should be celebrated for keeping the tradition alive. (Sujay Kumar, 12/02/12, Daily Beast)
Posted by Orrin Judd at December 5, 2012 9:09 PM[W]hile today's players retweet each other and hand out pregame high-fives like they were BFFs, Rondo's philosophy of treating the opposing team like they're the enemy is refreshing. He isn't auditioning for the Portland "Jail Blazers." He hasn't choked a coach. He's not throwing brutal elbows. There's no malicious intent. He's just keeping it real. But someone should really tell him you just can't mess with referees.This edge is good for the NBA. Why not go back to the days of bad boys? You know, guys with massive egos who talk trash about your mother and shatter your ankles (not literally). As Garnett would say, it's a bar fight. Rondo, with his cockiness and propensity to take on the league's best in talent and fisticuffs, is the best at what he does.
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