NBA suspends Celtics’ Rondo one game

NEW YORK — Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo has been suspended again, with coach Doc Rivers wondering if it’s as much for Rondo’s reputation as the incident.

Rondo was banned one game without pay Monday for making contact with a referee and failure to cooperate with an NBA investigation.

With 3:19 remaining in the third quarter of the Celtics’ 89-81 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday, Rondo was called for an offensive foul on a drive to the basket. He went up to referee Rodney Mott and bumped into him as the two walked back up the court.

Rondo missed the Celtics’ game against the New York Knicks.

“I saw it when it happened. I didn’t think anything of it honestly, and obviously the officials didn’t either, they didn’t call a tech,” Rivers said before the game. “But you know the old saying is you’re not given a reputation, you earn one, and I’m sure that had a lot to do with it as well.”

Rondo was suspended in November for two games for shoving Brooklyn Nets forward Kris Humphries, and drew a suspension during last year’s playoffs for bumping a referee. Rivers said Rondo has to improve his reputation within the league.

“We just work on it, every day,” he said. “He’s going to play a long time and he has a lot of time to change it.”

Rivers said Rondo had a brief conversation with a league official, and wasn’t sure how much that contributed to the decision to suspend.

“Usually when they call, it usually means the decision’s made pretty much for the most part,” Rivers said. “But listen, all of it is disappointing.”

Jason Terry started with Avery Bradley in the Celtics’ backcourt.

More in Sports

Rams rout Seahawks 42-7 in NFC West showdown

Los Angeles built a 34-0 halftime lead and cruised to the victory.

Washington men stave off Loyola Marymount 80-78

Noah Dickerson’s 13 points in the final five minutes help Washington hold on

VIDEO: Postgame reaction to the Seahawks’ loss to the Rams

Seattle coach Pete Carroll and players speak after the Seahawks’ 42-7 loss to Los Angeles.

RPI has changed way hoops coaches approach non-league games

The implementation of RPI for state-tourney seeding has local basketball coaches thinking differently.

Everett’s Dustin Wolf stops a shot Saturday night at the Angels of the Winds Arena in Everett on December 16, 2017. (Kevin Clark / The Daily Herald)
Sivertips bounce back, rout Cougars 4-0

Dustin Wolf notches his first career shutout as Everett rebounds from a loss to beat Prince George.

How might NHL team in Seattle impact Silvertips?

A look at local reaction to the possibility of the NHL coming to Seattle.

Seahawks ditch ‘every game is the same’ mantra for Rams showdown

Seattle hosts first-place Los Angeles in what is essentially the NFC West championship game on Sunday.

Freshmen contributing for UW men’s basketball team

Mike Hopkins likes what he’s seen from his freshmen through… Continue reading

Saturday’s prep scores, recaps

BOYS BASKETBALL Neah Bay 61, Darrington 55 Bellingham 77, Sultan 55 Interlake… Continue reading

Most Read