To start off your Tuesday, you must make it a priority to read this wonderful piece from long-time C’s beat writer Steve Bulpett of The Boston Herald. In the tremendous profile piece on the past and present relationship the C’s have with their current All-Star point guard, Bulpett is able to dig into the turmoil during last season and uncover an anecdote about a Rondo blowup during a film session between Game 2 and 3 of the Miami series. And if that wasn’t enough, he actually got Rondo and Doc to comment on it:
According to multiple sources, Rondo’s errors were being pointed out when he arose and began discussing the mistakes of his teammates. Loudly. Using harsh language.
Coach Doc Rivers got up and fired back, and Rondo threw a bottle that shattered the video screen. He bolted from the practice facility and was prevented from returning when he tried later.
“It had nothing to do with Doc,” Rondo said of the outburst. “Doc said something to me because nobody else said something to me. But it wasn’t directed toward Doc. I was frustrated about the loss. I think we were 0-2, I was on film a lot and I was frustrated. Doc wasn’t even running the clips. I was just venting. Lawrence Frank and coach (Armond) Hill were running the film session. Doc was just sitting on the floor. I was just frustrated, and I wanted things to be addressed that weren’t being addressed. It’s as simple as that. I stood up and I did what I did. Doc stood up and said something, and that was it. I stormed out and left. That was it.
“I went home that night and thought about my actions. I talked to KG (Kevin Garnett), and I came back the next day and apologized to the team.”
Here’s Doc on the event:
“Stuff like that happens,” Rivers said. “It does. But that’s the stuff that has never bothered me. I’d rather have a guy with passion than a guy that just sits there with no (expletive) passion. But then they’ve got to control it. They have to have responsibility with their actions and with their passion. When things like that happen, you lose the trust of your guys for a little while, and you have to gain it back. For me, I was (upset) about it because it was in the middle of the playoffs and it hurt our team for that second. But I don’t worry about the actions; I worry about what is said.
That’s only a taste of the comments from Doc and Rondo on the situation, so do yourself a favor and check out the full piece at The Boston Herald. It’s not exactly shocking to hear about events like this, but it’s hopefully a sign both sides are willing to turn the page to be able to talk so candidly about it.
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