The guy has more toughness and attitude in him than half the guys on our team put together. He's the type of guy you just "don't" want to get into a scrap with, no matter your size.
To me Rondo is areal throw back player in terms of on court toughness and his attitude toward the competition. He's gotta little Cowens and Bird in him and i think it's a great thing.
The toughest guys we've had on this team over the last five seasons are Perkins, Powe, PJ Brown, Tony Allen, James Posey and Rajon Rondo.
When you have guys like that on your team, other teams think twice about really messing with you.
I know Doc has a "non-confrontational" approach when we take hard fouls, but I completely disagree with it. Rondo's taken a lot of hits over the years without our bigs immediately going over to the guy that whacked him and introducing themselves. Meanwhile, I've see Rondo get after more big guys on the other team when they have taken shots on our bigs - than our own bigs.
Rondo doesn't take crap and he doesn't care how big you are, you will hear from him.
I loved it and I think we could use 2-3 more guys with the same attitude on the team - like when we had Perkins, Posey and TAllen, etc. It's a very important element to a successful team.
And I am in no way saying we should be a bunch of punks, taking cheap shots at guys, not at all. But when someone gets whacked and it's BS, the other team needs to hear a message loud and clear. To me, it's like Basketball 101, the kind of stuff you learn when you get on the playground and you or your teammates are getting whacked by some guy on the other team.
I thought Rondo's shove was perfectly reasonable and as not punches were thrown I don't see why any of the players should be suspended more than even one game.
PS: I think Bradley is a tough guy as well and he will help in that department when he comes back. Guys like that rub off on other players.