In light of Birthday-gate, perhaps the Celtics were a little hasty in naming Rajon Rondo team captain after he returned from knee surgery in January.
Cedric Maxwell doesn't think so.
The ex-Celtic and current C's radio analyst told Michael Felger and Marc "The Beetle" Bertrand on Sports Tonight that the flap over Rondo not being with the team in Sacramento, so he could reportedly celebrate his birthday in Los Angeles, hasn't changed his opinion on the issue.
"Absolutely not. They did what they felt he had to do," Maxwell said. "He's worked his butt off to get back [after ACL surgery]. You can't ask more of him."
Maxwell said the Celtics must have been OK with Rondo not being with the team because he played Monday night in Utah.
"If the team had a problem with him, why did he play in the very next game?" Maxwell asked.
Answered Felger: "Because you have to bow down to these guys."
Bertrand brought up another interesting question. Who actually named Rondo captain? Maxwell said Rondo's fellow players probably did.
"It wasn't [coach] Brad Stevens," Bertrand said. "He had said [before the season] he didn't want one [saying],'If league rules don't require you to have a captain then I'm not going to have one.'"
Bertrand said you could have considered Rondo the defacto team leader because of his veteran status and longevity with the C's and not officially named him captain.
"They made it a thing," he said. "Who served as captain before Rondo was back?"