Fellow rookies getting a kick out of Melo, Sullinger


Fellow rookies getting a kick out of Melo, Sullinger

After spending time together at Summer Leagues and the Rookie Transition Program, the 2012 NBA Draft Class has had the opportunity to get to know each other before their first seasons.

NBA.com polled 39 rookies on a series of topics, from projected Rookie of the Year to most athletic rookie to favorite current player.

Boston Celtics rookies Jared Sullinger (21st pick) and Fab Melo (22nd pick) have made a favorable impression on their counterparts Melo was voted funniest rookie (22.9 percent) while Sullinger was ranked fourth (8.6 percent) in the category.

(To see more of their personalities, check out CSNNE.coms exclusive Beyond the Arc video interviews with Melo and Sullinger.)

Melo, who said in the video that he is working with Celtics assistant coach Mike Longabardi to improve his defense, tied for third place in the best rookie defender category with Jeff Taylor (Charlotte Bobcats).

Among the other superlatives:

Melo received votes for rookie who will have the best career.

Sullinger received votes for most overlooked rookie.

Celtics veteran Kevin Garnett ranked fourth (tied with Dirk Nowitzki) for the rookies favorite player in the NBA.

Rajon Rondo suspended by Bulls for 'heated exchange'

Rajon Rondo suspended by Bulls for 'heated exchange'

Former Celtics and current Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo is up to his old tricks, apparently.

The Bulls have suspended Rondo for Monday’s game due to conduct detrimental to the team, with Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical saying that the suspension is the result of a “heated exchange” the 30-year-old had with a Bulls assistant during or after the team’s 107-82 loss to the Mavericks Saturday. 

Rondo clashing with others is nothing new. He once shattered a television on which the Celtics were showing him game footage to critique him and had to be carried out kicking and screaming by Kevin Garnett. Chris Sheridan reported in 2013 that Doc Rivers had an “intense dislike” for Rondo and that the two almost fought.

After being traded out of Boston, Rondo was suspended for a game by the Mavericks after a shouting match with Rick Carlisle. Last December, he was suspended for calling referee Bill Kennedy a homophobic slur, leading to Kennedy coming out as gay. 

Interestingly enough, there's something of a pattern of Rondo's bigger infractions occuring in games against former teams. The Kennedy incident came in a game against the Celtics, while this recent one was against Dallas. 

This is the first season of a two-year, $28 million Rondo signed with the Bulls in the offseason. He is averaging 8.2 points per game, 7.2 assists per game and 6.7 rebounds a night. 

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