Ainge opens up about Rondo's Birthday-gate

Ainge opens up about Rondo's Birthday-gate
March 5, 2014, 7:45 pm
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Danny Ainge had what he and most Celtics observers must hope is the last word on Rajon Rondo's Birthday-gate flap.

The Celtics president of basketball operations, in his weekly appearance on 98.5 The SportsHub's Toucher & Rich morning show on Wednesday, said Rondo was advised not to stay in Los Angeles to celebrate his 28th birthday and instead travel with the team to Sacramento, even though wasn't going to play that night against the Kings.

Ainge admitted the Celtics point guard acted against his and coach Brad Stevens' wishes.

"He let Brad know and he let me know he was going to stay in L.A. an extra day and we didn't think that he should, but it's your choice and there'll maybe consequences if you stay. It's that simple," Ainge said. "In the end, him and I had a long talk about it. He had planned it before and he had reason to believe it would be OK and I understand his reason to believe based on where he's been and what he's grown up with and what he's seen and witnessed and you won't see that happen again." Celtics insider A. Sherrod Blakely wondered why Ainge would even bring the whole thing up again.

"If it's such a dead issue, let it die," Blakely told Abby Chin of Celtics Pregame Live before the C's played the Warriors. "Please let it die. He's not going to get any additional punishment. It has nothing to do with this franchise going forward."