Rested Rondo ready to roll


Rested Rondo ready to roll

ORLANDO, Fla. Before being an injury replacement for the All-Star game, Rajon Rondo's plan was to get some rest and be ready for the second half of the season.

While his plans for the weekend may have changed, he was still able to get enough downtime to feel recharged for what he hopes will be a much better stretch of play for the Celtics.

"I had a good experience," Rondo said. "It's always an honor to be named an All-Star. I had fun; I spent a lot of time with my family, I enjoyed myself."

He added, "I'll be ready to go."

While in Orlando, Rondo said he spent some time getting shots up.

In addition to the All-Star break, Rondo also missed the Celtics' last two games as part of a two-game suspension for throwing a basketball at official Sean Wright.

"I try to get back out there so I just won't be so cold on Tuesday (at Cleveland)," Rondo said. "I got a lot of shots up the last couple of days on my own."

He certainly didn't get many up in Sunday's game.

Rondo had two points on 1-for-3 shooting.

Instead, Rondo stuck to what got him to the All-Star game - passing.

He had eight assists in just under 16 minutes. The only player for the East with more assists was Dwyane Wade, who played about 33 minutes and finished with a triple-double of 24 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds.

Those are the kind of numbers - at least the rebound and assist numbers - that Rondo is known for registering.

And while it's unclear what kind of impact the two games missed will have on his play, Rondo isn't overly concerned.

"It won't take me long to get back into the swing of things," he said. "I only missed two games. Everybody's had a break."

And while he knows he has to step his game up, Rondo said the goal for him is the same.

"I'm ready to get back and get some wins," Rondo said. "That's the only thing that matters."

Giants coach: ‘We’re not going to turn our back on Josh [Brown]’

Giants coach: ‘We’re not going to turn our back on Josh [Brown]’

LONDON — Coach Ben McAdoo said Friday that the New York Giants have not yet decided whether Josh Brown will remain on the team after admitting to abuse of his former wife.

McAdoo faced repeated questioning about the kicker following the Giants' first practice in London for a game Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.

“We’re not going to turn our back on Josh,” McAdoo said. “He’s a teammate and a guy who we’re hoping makes strides.”

Brown did not travel to London and the team has yet to say if he will be suspended or cut following this week's publication of King County Sheriff's Office records in which the player said he physically abused his wife, Molly, over a protracted period. She told police in those documents that the abuse and other threatening behavior stretched from 2009, when she was pregnant with their daughter, to the Pro Bowl in January 2016.

At the Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Brown's wife said she called NFL security to move her and her three children to another hotel to avoid harassment from her estranged husband. She said he pounded on her hotel door seeking to get in. The allegation is included in the final report filed last month by the investigating detective, King County Sheriff's Det. Robin Ostrum.

When asked whether the Giants knew about Brown's behavior at the Pro Bowl, McAdoo repeatedly said the Giants were still gathering information. Finally, he answered: "I'm not going to answer that."

When a reporter asked McAdoo about his comments earlier this year suggesting he would show no tolerance for players abusive of their family members, McAdoo said his comments then were more nuanced.

"When did I say zero tolerance?" he said, adding: "I do not support domestic violence, if that's what you're asking. I do not condone it."

McAdoo described Brown as a practicing Christian who was trying to improve his behavior and the Giants organization was supporting him in this. But when asked to explain how the Giants supported him or monitored his off-field behavior, McAdoo said he couldn't detail any specific acts of support.

The Giants have signed Robbie Gould, an 11-year veteran of the Chicago Bears who was cut in September for salary cap reasons. The 34-year-old will practice with the team Saturday.

"I've seen him make a lot of kicks against me in the past. He's been successful, and we're hoping that continues," the coach said of Gould.



Kusnierek: Lack of NFL discipline on Josh Brown disgraceful

Kusnierek: Lack of NFL discipline on Josh Brown disgraceful

Trenni Kusnierek is outraged, and rightfully so, by the actions - or lack thereof - by the NFL regarding domestic violence by Giants kicker Josh Brown.

Tom E. Curran details the NFL's botched investigation here.