By no means does Felger back Rondo's decision. He, like every other media guy, digs into Rondo. Felger does on the other hand point out something, that I pretty much did as well. Ainge could have stuck his foot in his mouth on this one. Rondo was in the wrong, without question. But, like I said, this should have remained in house.
Felger thinks that what Rondo did flies in the face of what Celtics fans have been preaching all season about keeping a winning culture in Boston even if the team isn't good.
"It's about Rajon Rondo, you put a 'C' on his jersey to act a certain way," Felger said. "Look, I've heard a lot from your Green Teamers this year and that is you don't want to tank because you want to instill a winning culture, you want to instill a professional culture. You want to teach these guys how to do it the right way . . . Now your captain blows off a game for his birthday and it's not a big deal. You can't have it both ways, Max."
Felger also points out that Celtics GM Danny Ainge could have made this into less of a deal, but instead chose to say that Rondo's absence was inexcused and that he'll be talking with him about it.
I think the big debate is how will the Celtics take care of this. Will they suspend Rondo a game or two? I think his pocket will take a hit first, before any missed games. But who really knows at this point.