Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics has a little assist streak going that you may have heard about. Rondo extended his streak of having 10 or more assists in a game to 34 consecutive games in Sunday’s loss to the Pistons. It wasn’t easy, though, as Rondo had to play much longer than Boston’s other starters in a blowout in order to continue that streak, which trails only Magic Johnson (46 games) and John Stockton (37 games) for the longest streaks of all time.
Some teams would get mad at that sort of thing — stat padding in garbage time is generally frowned upon by the so-called unwritten rules of sport (although it’s occasionally hilarious, like with Ricky Davis and JaVale McGee, for example). Via the Associated Press, though, Pistons coach Lawrence Frank wasn’t too upset with Rondo’s ‘efforts:’
Frank laughed off the issue.
”I guess the basketball gods were on his side tonight,” he said. ”I wasn’t worried. I just know he’s a great basketball player.”
I’m glad Frank didn’t act like a blowhard about it publicly like some coaches would have. Rondo and the Celtics certainly could’ve been more tactful about blatantly trying to chase a statistical record in an already-decided game, but I also admire Rondo’s bluntness in his postgame comments, discussing how much getting that record would mean to him.
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