When I worked as a lifeguard during high school, one of my co-workers was a lifeguarding demon sent from lifeguard hell. She wore long sleeves because she was allergic to the sun (might want to choose a different job, honey). She blew her whistle at every minor infraction. She screamed at kids — think Stan Van Gundy during his loudest fit of rage — even when they were just jogging.
If a kid beefed with her, it was probably her fault.
But I used a laissez faire method. If kids wanted to splash, they came to my section. If they wanted to run, they came to my section. If they wanted to use a Torpedo even though toys weren’t technically allowed (what kind of freaking pool did I work for anyway?), kids came to my section.
If any kid beefed with me, he was probably the jerk.
Which brings me to Rajon Rondo and Doc Rivers.
If you cannot get along with Rivers, the league-wide sentiment reportedly goes, you cannot get along with any other coach either. Due to the rumors (and/or truths) of Rondo’s insubordination, the Boston Celtics could potentially find a limited trade market should they wish to move the young point guard. (Sporting News)
But league executives know that Ainge could be a motivated seller when it comes to Rondo, and there is little chance he will get fair value.
“There’s no way they’re going to get talent-for-talent in a Rondo deal,” one general manager told Sporting News. “There’s a perception that if Doc Rivers, who’s such a player’s coach, has had a hard time with him, my coach is going to have a worse time with him.”
That perception may certainly exist. But the same perception also followed Glen Davis — and he was overpaid after an absurdly lopsided deal sent him to the Orlando Magic in exchange for the (considerably) better Brandon Bass. Even if 29 GMs are afraid of Rondo’s attitude, all it takes is one to strike with a golden offer.
I’m not the conductor of the “Move Rondo” train, but the Celtics should considering swapping him in the right deal (see: Chris Paul rumors this summer). Rondo’s fantastic and capable of magical nights, especially in big games, but even his most biased supporter would admit there is potentially room for an upgrade.
Yet moving him for 50 cents (or even 90 cents) on the dollar should not be an option. The Celtics have a cheap, 26-year old, three-time All-Star with the ability to tap dance occasionally in the realm of Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson and Wilt Chamberlain. No need for a fire sale, even if he’s a bit of an asshole.