Gasper: Don't see how Rondo's absence builds winning culture

Gasper: Don't see how Rondo's absence builds winning culture
February 25, 2014, 10:15 pm
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Rajon Rondo wasn't with his team as they lost their fourth straight game, and third out west, to the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.

He was busy celebrating his birthday back in Los Angeles.

No, he wasn't going to play in the game vs. the Kings. But he also didn't have permission to miss the game. Let's not forget that Rondo was named captain of this team earlier this season.

So, was it a very captain move by the C's point guard?

That depends on who you ask. Some say it isn't a big deal - and that the team doesn't really care. Chris Gasper and Gary Tanguay aren't those people.

Gasper sums up his thoughts on Rondo skipping the game.

"Yeah, he's absolutely wrong," Gasper said. "This is the captain of your team. They're in the middle of a losing streak. They blew a 13-point lead the night before, he shot 2-of-12 from the field. But here's the larger issue: What have we heard from the anti-tanking crowd? 'No, you have to build a positive culture for these guys.' Well, how does this build a positive culture if the captain, the leader of your team - I know he's not supposed to play in the game, but they're in the middle of a losing streak and he can't go and support his teammates because he needs to blow out the candles on his birthday cake? I don't see how that builds a winning culture for the Celtics."

Tanguah has had more than his fair share of Rondo criticisms, and he doesn't hold back this time either. He basically tells Rondo if he want to be a leader he has to know it's a full-time gig.

"Either you're in or you're out as a leader is the bottom line," Tanguay said. "If you're going to accept the role as captain, and the Celtics gave him that job and he seemed to be doing a fine job handling it. Seemed to accept it. But you ca't just say, 'OK today I'm not the captain'. Either you are or you're not. And the fact is I don't think he has what it takes to be a captain."

Did Rondo do this to stick it to Ainge for once again dangling him in trade talks? See what the guys say about that.