I understand why the NBA felt compelled to punish Rajon Rondo after his latest incident in Detroit. He did, after all, throw a basketball at a referee. But we’re not talking about a Nolan Ryan 100-MPH heater here. We’re talking about a slow-pitch softball Eephus knuckler that wasn’t even aimed at the ref’s head, but rather at his stomach. Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not condoning Rondo’s behavior. He deserved a punishment, certainly a fine, maybe a one-game suspension. Nobody should ever throw a ball at a referee. But to give Rondo the same punishment that Kevin Love got for deliberately stomping on Luis Scola doesn’t seem fair.
Am I just being a blatant homer here? Or do I have a point?
P.S. — Maybe the ref should be fined for sending the Pistons to the free throw line seven million times?
P.P.S. — Avery Bradley has quietly stunk up the joint for the past week or so, with very little backlash because A) he earned himself a little grace period and B) everyone was too busy complaining about Rondo. Now Bradley has another chance to start. We’ll see what he does with it.