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Jeff Van Gundy on D&C: ‘If [Rajon] Rondo had a do-over, he would’ve gotten on the plane’ to Sacramento 02.28.14 at 11:16 am ET
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Jeff Van Gundy

Jeff Van Gundy

ESPN/ABC basketball analyst Jeff Van Gundy joined Dennis & Callahan on Friday morning to discuss Rajon Rondo and other Celtics news. To hear the interview, head to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Last weekend Rondo made the decision not to travel with the Celtics to the team’€™s game in Sacramento — a game he was not scheduled to play — reportedly so that he could celebrate his birthday with family and friends in Los Angeles.

“I think if Rondo had a do-over, he would’ve gotten on the plane, because your best player has to set the example,” Van Gundy said.

“I can understand wanting to have a birthday celebration in L.A. versus in Sacramento, but when you’€™re the best player, you’€™re charged with setting an example that everyone should follow, and one of those things is sacrificing what you want to do for what you should do, and I don’€™t think there’s one argument that could be made that a guy who’s traveling with the team should miss a game to blow out birthday candles.”

Despite Rondo’s decision, Van Gundy says the four-time All Star has the ideal “Boston fan mentality.”

“A guy’s greatest strength is often his greatest weakness,” Van Gundy said. “What I love about Rondo is his surly, competitive, nasty streak. I love that about him. Now, does that go the other way at times where he may go over the line? Maybe. But it’s hard to find guys in today’s NBA — everybody knows what to say now. Everybody is so polished media-wise.

“To me, Rondo, and every player, has times where he would like to handle situation X a little bit differently, but for the most part, I think his attitude is absolutely the type that you need to win.”

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Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk on same team for 2014 Rising Stars Challenge 02.07.14 at 9:57 am ET
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Jared Sullinger.

Jared Sullinger

During a draft of the 18 best rookies and second-year players Thursday evening, Celtics Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk were placed on the same team for the 2014 Rising Stars Challenge.

The two teams, which are managed by retired NBA players Chris Webber and Grant Hill, will face off next Friday night during NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans.

The draft took players out of a pool determined by the NBA’€™s assistant coaches. Webber picked Sullinger in the fifth round, and Olynyk, who was one of the last four players chosen, was selected via a blind draw.

Full rosters:

Team Hill

  • Damian Lillard (Portland)
  • Bradley Beal (Washington)
  • Andre Drummond (Detroit)
  • Harrison Barnes (Golden State)
  • Terrence Jones (Houston)
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee)
  • Jonas Valanciunas (Toronto)
  • Dion Waiters (Cleveland)
  • Pero Antic (Atlanta)

Team Webber

  • Anthony Davis (New Orleans)
  • Michael Carter-Williams (Philadelphia)
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. (New York)
  • Trey Burke (Utah)
  • Jared Sullinger (Boston)
  • Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn)
  • Victor Oladipo (Orlando)
  • Steven Adams (Oklahoma City)
  • Kelly Olynyk (Boston)
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