Video: Rajon Rondo ejected for brawling with Kris Humphries during Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets fight: Assists streak over
Rajon Rondo’s assists streak ended in a way I’m sure nobody predicted — with
Say what you want about Rondo’s actions during the streak, about how he sometimes overpassed (which he’s always done), about how he stayed in a blowout loss specifically to chase 10 assists (which some took offense to, but not the Detroit Pistons or their coach Lawrence Frank). When he had to choose between supporting his teammate, Kevin Garnett, or extending the streak, Rondo took both of his hands and shoved Kris Humphries repeatedly with all his might. Humphries had struck Garnett in the fact, and Rondo saw Garnett fall hard. He reacted immaturely, perhaps, or in an overemotional whim, and maybe he’ll even get suspended for his role in the fracas. But most importantly, at least to me, he had his teammate’s back. And he had his teammate’s back against someone about 75 pounds heavier.
So many people spent a lot of time wondering whether Rondo cared too much about his streak, whether he would chase it in lieu of victories. Yet in what could have become his 38th straight game with at least 10 assists, Rondo showed his allegiances rest elsewhere.
Either that, or he just completely lost his cool because he wanted to come to Garnett’s defense. Either way, I want Rondo on my side and nobody else’s.