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Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 at 10:55 am  |  33 responses

Rajon Rondo Still Not Over Playoff Loss to the Miami Heat


The Boston Celtics’ heart-breaking loss during a 7-game Playoff war with the Miami Heat last season is still eating away at Rajon Rondo. The star point guard says it will take him a very long time to get over the Eastern Conference Finals defeat. Per the Sun-Sentinel: “Maybe like six months,’ Rondo said of how long it will take to move on. When informed six months have not passed since Game 7, Rondo smiled. ‘I know,’ he said. ‘I’m not past it.’ The sting of blowing a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series remains entering Tuesday’s season-opener at AmericanAirlines Arena. The Celtics came up one victory short of playing the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Finals. ‘We had a 3-2 lead and I don’t think we realized it,’ Rondo said. ‘We had a 3-2 lead and all we had to do was win one game out of two. We just couldn’t seal the deal.’ Rondo added,’They had the last word. They beat us and that’s the end of it. I haven’t said too much about the back and forth about me personally, but they’re the defending champs.’”

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  • roscoe

    some nba-ers care about winning & losing, others don’t. Rr is the former.

  • T-Money

    game 6 was the one to take, it’s so hard to close out a game 7 on the road. bron had a different agenda tho.

  • 23

    And harden is part of the latter.

  • Lorne

    He never said that. He just has his life in perspective. Winning in the NBA isn’t as important as his and his family’s future. If he blows a knee tomorow none of you dumb ass fans will make up the difference in a max deal and the lesser deal to stick with a “winning team”. Ya’ll can kiss Harden’s ass alll the way to the bank.

  • spit hot fiyah

    honestly with 1 million i can take care of my family for the rest of my life and quit work tomorrow. i hope they tell these guys at the rookie transition program what a budget is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    I can understand as an athlete that these things drive Rondo, but honestly as good as the heat are, he should worry about other teams too, because everyone will show up to play this season, and if it comes down to boston – miami again, his team might not even go up 3 – 2

  • 23

    Oh yes, because hardens family would have been forced to live on the streets had he signed that extension with OKC. Thank God Houston saved hardens life.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Oh no! That $54 million OKC offer will not be able to cover for his family!

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Oh no! That $54 million OKC offer will not be able to cover for his family!

  • Max

    I don’t think you’ll be living that comfortable if you only have 1 mill for your entire family depending on your age.

  • Max

    Awesome picture.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    Tonight’s game should be HAM

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    Tonight’s game should be HAM

  • Russell

    This mess with Harden pisses me off. I had to leave my daughter on a voluntary deployment to the middle east to get enough money for us to survive a couple of years. I risked my life for it. I dont wanna hear any of these athletes sayin they turned millions down for the good of there family. Thats freakin disgusting and its greed bottom line.

  • Lorne

    The average family living below the U.S poverty line will have more expenses than 1 mil in a lifetime. You have to be a teen whose never paid a bill in your life to make that kind of statement.

  • Lorne

    Your whole comment is irrelevent considering nobody made that point. The fact still remains that you have no right to judge a person for maximizing his financial stability, particularly since your main stake in this is your entertainment purposes. Turn down extra millions because some internet pricks think he should value winning over my future. Basketball is a game? One that yall take too seriously? Let the billionaire owners dig deeper into their personal stash and pay the luxury taxes for giving him the money some other owner did. Bennet wouldn’t because he knows it’s not worth the money. He and Harden have a realistic view on this situation. It’s yall that don’t.

  • Lorne

    It’s disgusting and greedy when they take the money they are offered but it’s not disgusting and greedy when the owners save money they can afford to spend? Get your priorities together. Don’t teach your daughter to think like a fool. The bottom line is that your not in a position to tell someone what they should sacrfice based on your own damn desires.

  • 23

    LeBron, wade and bosh sacrificed money for a chip. In todays game, players need to be willing to sacrifice if they truly want to win. Harden’s choice made it clear that he’d rather play for arguably the worst team in the west for a couple more million bucks, than make 55 mil playing for a serious championship contender/favorite.

  • Dagger

    “Don’t teach your daughter to think like a fool.” There’s no need to get so personal, just because you think you have the inside scoop on Harden’s mindset.

  • Clos1881

    I hate when y’all compare your life circumstances to athletes because you life’s path is different from his doesn’t mean you should feel some type of way because the opportunity to be richer than most of use will ever be you had the same chances to be in the nba as they did it just wasn’t in the cards for you do you feel that way about Martha Stewart and Tom cruise and bill gates?

  • roscoe

    harden came out yesterday & said & i quote “I want to be the leader of a team like I did in college.” it was not about the $$$ but about being the alpha dog. we agree staying in okc was the smart decision for harden if winning is the gold ball is the goal, which it should be, right?

  • Clos1881

    You don’t what his family situation was prior to basketball another man has no business counting another man or woman’s pocket

  • Lorne

    Who died and made you the comment police? He brought the personal info into the discussion. You don’t put something out there and then expect it to be off limits on a comment board. Kick rocks.

  • Lorne

    Who are you exactly? I’m interested in why you think your in a position to give a stranger life advice and financial advice. Dude, you’re not even an NBA player. Why should anyone care about what you think they should sacrifice? They don’t ask you for advice because they don’t care. That’s my point. Too many internet couches and advisers.

  • reese’s

    No one knows the inner workings of a person’s head or desires of complete strangers. It would be just as wrong for me to judge you for having a kid you can’t afford as it is for you to judge Harden for making the best financial decision for him. No one complains when CEO’s take hundreds of millions in severance packages when their companies are sinking. Why are you judging these players?

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    Second time they lost a seven game series despite being up 3-2. Based on statistics that is a huge choke job. I think the stats say that the team who wins game five in a series tied 2-2 wins like 80 percent of the time or something.

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.boland Evan Boland

    Basketball is not a GAME. Halo is a game. Get out if you think the NBA is a game. He chose to be a loser for 60 mil rather than a winner for 55 mil. Hope his family is oh so happy. Some people just don’t care. Thank god you have KG and RR.

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.boland Evan Boland

    True dat. Even Bron Bron is more of a winner than Harden.

  • LakeShow

    I don’t normally(never) like Celtic players, but this guy grows on me every year.

  • Yi-Cheng Chen

    what’s ur comment gotta do with Rondo?

  • spit hot fiyah

    i don’t live in the US, 1 million dollars is a lot of money were i live.

  • 23

    I got no problem with a dude taking the max. But I’m just gonna look at him in a different way now. A dude who chose money+being the man, over winning. And that’s indisputable.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    thanks

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