|Rondo and Allen had their problems in Boston. (Getty Images)|
When neither Rajon Rondo nor Ray Allen outright denied their relationship was rocky or frosty or however you want to describe it, it was about as much of an admission that there was a problem as anything. The bigger question was how much it had to do with Allen's decision to bail on the Celtics and take his talents to South Beach.
How much of an issue was it, and was it anything to really write home about? (Like that would stop us, the Internet.) From Yahoo! Sports:
"People act like because me and Ray didn't get along or they think me and Ray didn't get along that I'm a bad person or he's a bad person," Rondo said. "No. It's just life. If you look at your job, everyone doesn't always get along with every co-worker they work with. It's just part of life. People are blowing the Ray thing out of proportion. We had some words, but other than that it was no big deal.
"There were so many rumors like I was looking Ray off. Why would I look Ray off? That doesn't make sense. He's the best shooter, so why would I look him off? People can see it how they want to. They can talk to Ray. But from my standpoint, he made his decision. I don't know why he made the decision, but he made the decision. I don't think it had anything to do with me."
He's got a really good point here. If you've worked for any time at all, you've found someone you just didn't get along with. It's human nature. But in most jobs, you can compartmentalize yourself or shift to a different department. But with a basketball team, you must get along. And Rondo has never been the easy-going type. You're either with him or you're not.
But this isn't going to stop the questions about whether Rondo's mature enough to be depended on at point guard. Whether that led to Allen's departure, it didn't help, and point guards have unrealistic expectations on them when it comes to maintaining team chemistry. Rondo's one of the most gifted point guards in the league and yet one of the least gifted when it comes to those responsibilities.
Such is the paradox of Rajon Rondo.