Rondo: I didn't feel there was a need for an investigation


Rondo: I didn't feel there was a need for an investigation

WALTHAM In his first comments since serving a one-game suspension Monday night -- his fourth suspension in less than a year -- Rajon Rondo didn't seem the least bit apologetic for his latest indiscretion.

Rondo was suspended for Monday's win over New York after league officials reviewed game video from Boston's victory at Atlanta on Saturday and determined that Rondo made contact with official Rodney Mott, which warrants a one-game suspension.

Replays showed Rondo did indeed bump Mott, although the contact appeared to be very minimal.

Usually when a player makes contact with an official, they are whistled for a technical foul. That did not happen, and Rondo -- like most -- didn't think it was that big a deal.

"Well the league thought it was a big deal," Rondo said. "So that's what it is."

When asked if he thought he got too close to Mott, Rondo said, "It doesn't really matter what I think now. What's done is done. That's just what it is."

Of particular interest was in the league's release announcing the suspension, it made reference to Rondo failing "to cooperate with a league investigation."

When asked about this, Rondo said, "I didn't feel there was a need to have an investigation."

Rondo's version of what happened is somewhat different than what the video footage shows.

Mott called Rondo for an offensive foul on the play which occurred with 3:19 to play in the third quarter. Moments after the whistle, Rondo brushed against Mott, seemingly upset by the call.

Rondo said he made a joke to Mott on that particular play.

"In the midst of it, I touched him," Rondo said. "I did touch him."

The latest incident involving Rondo being suspended raises many of the questions that have dogged the three-time All-Star in recent years.

While head coach Doc Rivers is disappointed about how it all played out, he's not spending any time dwelling on the matter.

"We've talked about it all," Rivers said. "It's over. We had our talk, and we're good."

Brady, Harbaugh found common ground on plane ride back from Michigan


Brady, Harbaugh found common ground on plane ride back from Michigan

FOXBORO -- What could have been an awkward plane ride for Tom Brady and John Harbaugh was made less so thanks to a high school lacrosse player. 

Brady and Harbaugh shared a private plane back from Michigan where Jim Harbaugh and his University of Michigan program put on an event for National Signing Day. About a year earlier, Brady told a room full of reporters that Harbaugh and his coaching staff should study the rule book and "figure it out" after hearing that they were pretty upset about the unusual formations the Patriots ran during their AFC Divisional Round win over Baltimore. 

They may not have been on the best of terms.

"I was pissed off," he told ESPN's Ian O'Connor before the start of this season. "It was uncalled for. And the rules are deeper than that, and I know the rules, and I stand by why that play shouldn't have been allowed. ... So yeah, that should never have been said."

But on the flight was Harbaugh's daughter Alison, a high school lacrosse player. When Brady took some time to share a few thoughts on competitiveness with her, he and Harbaugh found common ground.

"We had a lot of fun," Harbaugh said of the flight. "I don't know if he's talked about that at all, but we ended up sharing a plane ride along with my daughter and a couple of his people, friends of his. We just had a chance to just talk for a couple hours. And really more than anything, Alison got a chance to listen to Tom Brady talk about competing and what it takes to be great at what you do.

"And one of the funny things about it was, he was so nice to her. He gets off and they go, and we get back on the plane and we're talking, and she says something like, 'Boy, Tom really is a nice guy.' And I look at here and go, 'Tom?' I'm thinking 'Mr. Brady' would have been more appropriate. She said, 'He said to call me Tom.' I got a kick out of that.

"It was good. Lot of respect for him and a lot of respect for what he's accomplished. He's very tough to compete against. The best quarterback that's played, certainly in this era, without question in my mind. That's how I would rank him. And it's just another tough challenge to have to play against him."

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan didn't get a chance to answer one question in his postgame interview before being interrupted by Kyle Lowry, Jared Sullinger, and LeGarrette Blount.