Rajon Rondo skipped team trip to Sacramento to celebrate birthday in LA

Is Rajon Rondo in trouble with the Celtics?

2/25/14 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Feb 24, 2014; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) reacts on the court during the second half against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. The Jazz won 110-98. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY SportsRajon Rondo has never been known as a particularly easy-going guy, and there were reports that he and former coach Doc Rivers were at odds pretty often during their time together.

The latest Rondo controversy is that he apparently decided to stay in Los Angeles to celebrate his 28th birthday while the rest of his team went to Sacramento to play the Kings.

As part of his ongoing recovery from last year's ACL injury, Rondo doesn't play in the second game of back-to-back nights, which was the case for the Kings game. He knew beforehand that he wouldn't be playing in the game, so that wasn't the real concern.

Even though he wasn't scheduled to play in Sacramento, Celtics GM Danny Ainge said that it was an issue because Rondo didn't get permission from the team to skip the trip.

In fairness to Rondo, he came back to the team as scheduled for their game in Utah against the Jazz, and he put on an outstanding performance, finishing with 18 points and 10 assists.

Rondo refused to comment on it when he was asked about it in Utah, but Ainge was pretty clear that he would have to discuss it with his star point guard.

What do you think? Is this a legitimate issue, or is it already being overblown?
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3/1/14   |   srvwe

I don't think so. He's doing so good at the moment. He's currently on the beat and the seasons finals is coming soon. I'm sure he can get back up. - Larry Starr Sarasota