You look at his face, his eyes, his countenance, and he looks like he could easily fall asleep. As an energy-conserving #2 BEAR, it isn’t all that surprising. Yet, behind those lazy eyes is a deeply emotional human being, one who can react in-the-moment with intense fury and frustration. We’re talking about the NBA’s Rajon Rondo, who in recent months while in Dallas has displayed a bit more emotion than what people are used to seeing. According to former teammate Kevin Garnett (#9 FCAR), however, that particular fire has always been there.
You just have to read the article for yourself, but in an extensive interview Garnett recalls an occurrence while in Boston when the Celtics were down 2-0 to the Miami Heat in 2011 and coach Doc Rivers (#6 BEIR) was riding Rondo hard. “He was just pushing and he was just pushing and he was just pushing,” Garnett recalls. Rondo looked at Shaquille O’Neal (#6 BEIR) across the room, than Jermaine O’Neal (#1 FEAR). “They saw me bubbling,” Rondo recalls. “They were trying to calm me down. It was too late.”
Rondo burst up, grabbed a water bottle and hurled it full force at the 50-inch flat-screen used to criticize him, which shattered. “When he blew the TV up, it was about to go in another direction — like, the whole thing,” Garnett says. Rivers than ordered Rondo out. “He kicked the door off the hinges,” Garnett says. “I’ll never forget: I had to pick him up and carry him out because it was going like that, and the locker room was suuuper tense. Just super tense.” He hauled the 6-foot-1 point guard out the building. “He was hot, yo. When I say he was hot, he was hot.”
We believe you, Kevin.
Celtics GM Danny Ainge (#5 FEIR) had this to say about Rondo: “He doesn’t like to be told what to do. He wants to be coached, but when you coach him, you’d better know what you’re talking about. And even then, he still may challenge you. The question always was, ‘Is he a good enough player to behave the way he does?’ “
Now that Rondo is with Dallas, and the old self is starting to surface again, Garnett knows exactly what is going on. “That’s what makes him who he is. I always told him, ‘Don’t ever apologize for that, because that’s your mojo, that’s what makes you who you are.’ But he’s got to be able to control it. ‘Let that be a part of you, but control it. Don’t let it control you.’ “
Picking up a copy of Brain Types and Parenting, we read from Niednagel, “Sometimes, though not often, BEAR males develop a chip on their shoulders. Their Right-brained Animate ‘feelings’ can be moody, even angered at times. Although BEARs are innately kind-hearted, they can also demonstrate stubbornness and a temper if provoked.”
Rajon Rondo has certainly developed quite the emotional chip on his shoulder, and as Garnett pointed out, he must not let it control him. “Already insecure even about their strengths, they take reproof personally,” Niednagel again writes. Considering Coach Rick Carlisle’s Brain Type (#16 BCIL), there’s little doubt Rajon has come under a good amount of criticism from him, and isn’t taking it well. Consider the king of criticism, fellow coach and #16 BCIL Greg Popovich of the Spurs. Almost every week Popovich makes some disparaging comment about his players to the media. Thankfully, Carlisle is more temperate, though still possesses the same innate Q4 Left posterior dominant design, the most analytic, scrutinizing, and “persnickety” region of the brain.
Keep it cool, Rajon, and dwell on the words of King Solomon. “Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.”
Written by: Staff
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