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Friday, February 28, 2014

Happy birthday, Rondo; hope your next one is elsewhere

George Scione

There is no denying that on the court, Rajon Rondo is one of the best in the business. Off the court, he continues to set the bar pretty high for other NBA malcontents who might try to hurdle his divaesque levels.

Like it or not, he’s the Boston Celtics point guard for the foreseeable future. ...

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There is no denying that on the court, Rajon Rondo is one of the best in the business. Off the court, he continues to set the bar pretty high for other NBA malcontents who might try to hurdle his divaesque levels.

Like it or not, he’s the Boston Celtics point guard for the foreseeable future.

Much has been made recently about his decision to skip the team’s Saturday trip to Sacramento, which was his scheduled night off, to remain in Los Angeles for his 28th birthday party with family and friends.

To join in the festivities, the Celtics front office should make a move the entire team can celebrate.

It’s time to strip Rondo of the captain’s C.

Make no mistake about it, this is about lack of leadership qualities not basketball-playing ability.

Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge, currently on the road scouting, is slated to have a sit down with the supposed team leader in the near future. Certainly not soon enough.

One has to wonder if the point guard, who already has a checkered past in dealing with teammates and coaches – think Ray Allen and Doc Rivers – will stick to Wednesday night’s postgame line.

“It’s my business,” he said following Boston’s 115-104 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. “It’s my choice.”

While his double-double (22 points, 11 assists) on the court – his second straight and fifth overall since he returned from a knee injury on Jan. 17 – helped the Celtics snap a five-game losing streak, his off-the-court antics continued.

“I haven’t really read much about it,” Rondo said. “I heard a lot of comments. Nobody knows the story, so you can keep making up every story you guys possibly can.”

If a decision you made highlights your selfish nature, just blame the media for your actions. Such a novel concept.

Rondo grew up in the Celtics’ organization as a fourth wheel behind Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. His beef with Allen and Rivers seemed to be over his need to be considered a team leader. Reports insinuate that he wanted more of a say in how things were being managed in the locker room and on the court.

With Allen having departed for Miami two seasons ago, and last year’s trade sending Pierce and Garnett to Brooklyn, Ainge had no other option but to make Rondo the captain. Now, with the season in full swing and the ship sinking fast, this captain isn’t going down with the rest of the crew. Heck, women and children can get behind him when the lifeboats are officially dispatched.

At this moment, Rondo is the furthest thing from a leader the Celtics actually have. They’d be better without a captain. Instead, Celtics teammates are stuck plugging every hole he’s drilled into the vessel over the course of the season.

First-year coach Brad Stevens says he’s spoken to Rondo. It’s an issue that will be handled in-house when Ainge returns.

“All of that, we’re handling internally,” said Stevens prior to Wednesday’s victory. “We’ve sat down and talked, and we did that Monday. In my mind I’m moving forward. When Danny gets back in town they can meet and we’ll go from there.”

Moving forward, whether he stays or goes – likely the latter – the first order of business is stripping Rondo of his captain title and letting the young coach run the show. It’s a much better option than is sitting back and watching Point Guard Knows Best – the latest reality program presented by CSNNE and The Sports Hub.

George Scione can be reached at 594-6520 or gscione@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Scione on Twitter (@Telegraph_BigG).