Monday, June 4th, 2012 at 10:05 am  |  60 responses

Video: Rajon Rondo Criticizes Miami Heat for ‘Crying’ to Refs

Shots fired.

Referees have played an unfortunately large role in the Eastern Conference Finals. Rajon Rondo acknowledged as much, by taking time during both the in-game and postgame interviews last night to call out the Miami Heat for trying to moan and cry their way to favorable calls.

(h/t: @jose3030)

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  • http://WWW.SLAMONLINE.COM Benn0

    Love Rondo – favourite pg in the league.

  • http://WWW.SLAMONLINE.COM Benn0

    Love Rondo – favourite pg in the league


    well rondo when the 2 best slashers in the game keep attacking the hoop and get less fta then you and pierce in game 3 and 4 something is wrong with the game. i guess a 7 game series is very profitable for stern

  • james

    Miami Heat are not used when they call against them..

  • http://www.colonialmedical.com/catalog/Shower-Slippers-p-16343.html What

    Rondo is the mvp

  • MAS

    Rondo is learning from “The Truth” how to become a vocal leader. He has a point and the Pacers coach does too. Bithcing and acting…sounds like the old 90′s Heat teams. IF Bosh is ready for game 5…Game Over. But 100% Bosh will “cry” at one point or another in these playoffs.

  • IGGI

    OH look who’s talking about cying to the refs, Rondo is a cries baby.

  • What

    Rondo is the real MVP

  • Bobby

    Name me a player or team that doesn’t cry and complain to the refs.

  • Heals

    I always thought Rajon’s game was outta this world, but I had no idea he was fresh off the Starship Enterprise last night (check his shirt at the postgame presser). Rondo reaching out to all the Trekkies…

  • http://www.pornhub.com Udonis Haslem

    rondo is a brat, but he can ball, so I see him as a rival competitively in good spirits

  • http://friendhour.tumblr.com/ cramzy

    He kept it 100. I’m a heat fan and it hurts my soul to see Dwade not even fake hustle on defense when he thinks he got effed on a call. Its really sad and its gotten worse over the years.

  • http://www.google.be/imgres?q=watch+out+we+got+a+badass&um=1&hl=nl&sa=N&rlz=1C1AFAB_enBE454BE454&biw=1600&bih=799&tbm=isch&tbnid=qB4CTXEDbyW1dM:&imgrefurl=http://kn Max

    *Starts clapping his hands quietly*

  • noblenator15

    called that one to a T, well done rondo

  • Mischief

    Every play complains (even Rondo) But nobody complains like LBJ and Wade (I’m surprised they don’t get more techs)I know it kills Pat Riley when he’s see’s his best 2 players complain over a call and not get back on defense.

  • Top$helf

    This from a guy who everytime he thinks he gets fouled has something to say to the ref, who tried to kick battier when a call didn’t go his way, stares down refs and let’s not forget throws balls at them

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    Too funny and I love it.

  • Anon

    Actually nobody complains to the refs like Paul Pierce and Tim Duncan. Rondo of course didn’t want to talk about that though

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    This is the same Rondo that gave a ref an “Omarion-You-Got-Served-Pop-And-Lock-Chest-Bump” when he didn’t like a call…

  • Drig

    TBH, all the premier scorers do this stuff. Wade, Kobe, LBJ, Durant, CP3 and the list goes on and on……..

  • 23

    Rondo is talented but anybody who watches basketball, will say that the Celtics cry the most over fouls. If the celtics lose… they blame the refs. When Rondo went off in Miami, he blamed the last play where he was grazed on his face. He was on the floor acting like he was in pain. Ok, yes it was a foul but it wasn’t bad enough to make him roll around the floor while forcing HIS team to go 4 on 5

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    23 you’ll be surprised how that hit would hurt. I actually broke my nose that way and there was a nice little puddle of blood on the floor. I agree with your main point but that hit across the face is a sneaky kind of injury.

  • LP

    “david stern wanna know why the league losing money, THATS WHY. These people paid good money to watch the refs take over the F***** game…” ……….Shaq, we’re on live… “I don’t give a _____”

  • gawe

    23 u either didnt actually watch the game or jsut saying it cause youre a heat fan. but i got grazed in the face once, and left blood everywhere cause my nose got twitched. it hurts and even tho im a miami fan, i gotta admit sometimes we do get more calls than any other team. and so far in the series, i gotta feel sorry for celtics, cause we are gonna rob them

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    LOL @ LP I remember that

  • Ses

    LMAO @LP, that’s too funny!

  • smoove

    everyone complains in the league..but NOONE complains more then BRON and WADE.they want fouls on EVERY!!!! possesion…he has a point

  • deafballer

    I dunno, I seem to recall Rondo glaring at the refs a couple times last night when he drove and didnt get a call… seems like he was whining too.

  • Lloyd

    Lobbying the refs and trying to get calls go your way is one thing. I don’t like it but every team/coach does it. Rondo said nothing wrong here. Doris asked what holes they were exploiting on offense, and he answered with pushing the ball hard when the Heat, especially DWade, would rather whine to the ref than get back on D. Lebron literally screams at refs and doesn’t get t’d up. It’s crazy. All that said, I wouldn’t have said anything if I were Rondo. Expect the Heat to hustle back on every miss next game.

  • Lloyd

    Btw can anyone read Rondo’s lips to see what he said to Doris and what she said back?

  • Tmay

    Yeah and this is coming from the guy who was crying to the refs that Shane Battier tripped him when he clearly didnt and kicked Battier when he was on the floor. This is also the same guy that was trying to get into the Heats huddle last year and also the same guy that bumped into the refs and got thrown out. Rondo is a great player but he is the most immature player in this playoff series hands down.

  • deafballer

    All I could comprehend from what Rondo said is something along the lines of “Is ______ gonna fine me?” whether he said fine or find me i cant tell… he doesnt articulate very well.

  • JJD

    I would’ve have never thought that D-Wade’s game would resort into crying for foul shots. It has become his primary emthod of scoring. due to the fact, that he does have a good jumpshot.

    Very sad indeed.

  • Justin05

    Most of these nba players are entitled, arrogant pricks. What do you think the n word means? Arrogance. Too bad there aren’t more Kevin durants out there who can put on a show and not complain all the time. Rondo has his fusses but I have lost all respect for d wade because of the way he complains. Goes to show these guys can’t drive to the basket all thy great. There are too many great defensive teams and Players who get in lbj and wades way and they don’t like it. Oh fu cking well, learn how to shoot then.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    The White Mamba NEVER complains about calls.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    This was directed specifically at Wade.

  • http://facebook.com/tronjohnson Chief

    The Double Foul on Garnett and Lebron was sketchy. But the Heat do whine a bit to much for a championship caliber team.

  • Shag

    Wait, didn’t he just get a suspension for bumping into a ref? He’s got some effing nerve. The arrogant s o b.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Rondo is a great pg, but he’s such a brat. Your telling me your gonna try to kick Shane Battier (the humanitarian) and miss?! Calm down please.

  • bmorezbest

    this comin from the same guy who bumped a ref while whining about a call hmmm

  • Joe

    Ray Allen on LeBron James fouling out after Paul Pierce had: “It was like chess. They took our queen and then we took their queen.”

  • bike

    Big whoop. It’s playoff b-ball, everything that is said is magnified 100X, and both teams are looking for the slightest edge.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    deafballer, with the inside scoop. Appreciate, thanks homie.

  • Heals

    You’re cute 23, watch league pass for a few years, if you still feel the same way get your eyes checked and watch for another couple years, if you still feel the same way after all that stop talking about hoops all together…

  • Heals

    Are my C’s up there yeah, but so is every successful team. Clips lead the pack, SA and Mia do it very well, LAL’s stars do it a TON, Dirk all the time, OKC got Fisher and Perk objecting to every foul they’re called for. Watch the game and league not just 2 players youngin…

  • MeloMan15

    Its worse when the heat cry about calls, because they get all the calls anyways

  • MeloMan15

    Wade crying about a call is like chris brown crying about a girl…

  • the king

    The heat do not get all the call’s and realy not in boston no 1 get’s call there God can’t get a call

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Everyone cries to the refs. Some just do it more than others. And a select few, a lot more. There’s one Miami superstar in this series where this has become automatic, and it isn’t LeBron.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Everyone except Joel Anthony*

  • TP

    I love it when Rondo says true stuff with a poker-faced delivery.
    Like the other night when he said, “I feel good. I’m young.”
    His basketball IQ is in LeBron/Pippen/Jordan category.

    One of the smartest people in the NBA.

    Slam, you guys should really put him on the next cover – with his 4 triple-doubles in the playoffs. With the quote “I feel good. I’m young.” on the cover.

  • Leo Klebanow

    I always told those I coached that until they agreed to roughly 50% of close ref calls, be it for their team or against, they were not being objective. Whereas Rondo complained about the Heat’s questioning bad calls, the same thing would apply to him.

    It was very clear to me that a number of the close calls against LeBron were, in fact, wrong….and replays would reveal this to be true.

    Perhaps, the Celtic’s coach and/or his teammates, and even him, complained to the refs and they responded in kind.

    Hopefully, all will be more objetive in future games.

  • js

    He’s right. Amazing that James is immune to technicals with his incessant crying.

  • 23

    @heals, Wth does league pass have to do with anything? You dont need league pass to know basketball. Especially considering these 2 teams are on national tv a lot. It doesn’t make any difference. I know Rondo is a BIG TIME whiner. I’ve seen it myself on numerous occasions.

  • Heals

    It has to do with watching the WHOLE League, getting to watch teams plays at least 20+ games year to gain a perspective of the game that is much broader than seeing such and such team play 5-7 national games a year. It makes ALL the difference. You tried (albiet incorrectly) to argue that anyone who watches hoops knows the C’s are biggest complainers in the game. It’s not true, if you watched them as well as other teams play more you would know that or you’re just bias (not a bad thing, but just own up to it). I have no problems with opinions, but don’t try to put out a false observation as if it’s a fact (especially when it’s my team). Call out Rajon for the staredowns, talking back, dismissive ball flips, etc. to the refs, but don’t cast the whole team in the same light and don’t overlook the fact that this behavior is pervasive league wide, on a nightly basis. You root for your team and have opinions on other teams and players that are greatly influenced by their impact on that team. I love the C’s, but don’t feel the need to take out my frustration with them on their opponents or other players (except ZazaPachulia) to same degree. I love watching LBJ, Kobe, etc. cause I love hoops first, if the C’s are good that’s just icing on the cake…

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    its not as much that they cry to the refs a lot its more that they get every call to MIA’s favor and even just a single play after they complain

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Worst players:
    1. Wade
    2. Kobe
    3. Rondo
    4. Dwight
    5. Westbrook
    6. Blake
    7. LeBron
    8. Rose
    9. Perkins
    10. Pierce
    11. Bynum
    12. Paul
    13. Cousins
    14. Dirk
    15. Melo
    Let me know if I missed somebody egregious.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Truer words were never spoken, I always see Lebron and Wade whine at the refs instead of getting back defensively. Anyone watching KD today see him not get a call, bark at the ref, then get a steal defensively and make up for it? That’s what real players do, instead of expecting to get bailed out with FTs every time down.

  • BostonBaller

    OK OK..we have established that EVERYONE whines/complains about calls and that certain superstars do so more than most and that certain stars get away with actually yelling at refs w/out getting T’d up. We know there are star players who flop like they’ve been shot even though they have enough talent that they shouldn’t have to do so. We know certain players have NEVER committed a foul. Most fans only complain/whine when it’s against their team or player. Some of us respect the game enough to admit when our player is a complainer (PP & RR).

  • BostonBaller

    Can you imagine if a team devised a set of rules/plays to not only stop one of today’s stars but also to beat him down every time he touched the ball AND the refs allowed it to a certain degree? Yes, I’m talking about the Jordan rules. lol. There isn’t a player in the NBA today that would be able to play without being afraid because they are so used to getting away with everything. There wouldn’t be any flopping b/c they would actually get hit hard enough to fall. Detroit would have crushed Miami’s spirit by now and both Wade & LBJ would have fouled out b/c Detroit would have taken charge after charge on those erratic drives to the hoop. KG still has good D but nothing compared to Detroit D. PP might, I say might get more done against Detroit b/c he is not a high flyer and has those weird moves to the hoop. Imagine Dumars on Wade or RR / Rodman on LBJ or PP.