From an outsider's perspective, it's incredibly easy to understand why the city of Boston has embraced Rajon Rondo.
Simply re-watch the series he had against the Miami Heat in last year's playoffs to gauge an idea.
All the qualities befitting a born leader.
But as the sports world was reminded yesterday, Rondo remains one of the league's biggest headcases.
Let me be clear: it's one thing to lose your cool; the red flag is when you don't recognize it.
"I don't think I did anything dirty...I don't think it was more than a pushing war" (via ESPNBoston) Rondo offered earlier today, lacking the kind of perspective that a good night's sleep should have afforded him.
Now, if history teaches us anything, teams can get away with the accompanying grievances of a headcase when he's a role player. Dennis Rodman and Metta World Peace taught us that much.
But, when it's the guy responsible for spearheading the ship? Yeah, that might be a problem.
Remember Allen Iverson and Charles Barkley?
Two of the best players to ever grace the league, hands down.
Two guys who just never could really be held accountable for their actions.
Yeah, you don't see any rings on their fingers, do you?
Now, I'm not talking about "Senior" Charles Barkley or Allen "the preposition" Iverson.
I'm talking about Sir Charles Barkley and Allen The Answer Iverson!
And yet, their legacies will always be shortchanged as people wonder just how much further they could have gone if not for their attitudes.
Care to debate me about whether Rajon Rondo has a chip on his shoulder?
Celtics coach Doc Rivers put that question to rest long ago, opting for the lesser evil of acknowledging why his floor leader looks chaffed all the time instead of letting it become an elephant in an Ubuntu-centered locker room.
Ah, a rare moment of honesty.
One that made an appearance again last night when Rivers called out Rondo for "overreacting."
Here's the Celtics' problem though.
Between the lack of remorse Rondo continues to show, and the aging legs of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, this franchise doesn't look like it's headed anywhere positive.
They were eliminated by the Miami Heat in the last two years of the playoffs.
They lost Ray Allen in free agency, and partly because he didn't get along with Rondo. (shocker!)
And now they are simply fighting, literally, to stay above .500.
Meanwhile, in just one season, the player the Celtics wanted to trade Rondo for has lifted the Los Angeles Clippers from a perennial laughingstock to one of the league's new powerhouse contenders.
The Clippers are currently in first place in the Pacific Division; the Celtics are fourth in the Atlantic division.
Taking into account Rondo's recently announced two-game suspension, that standing doesn't look to rise.
I'll tell you what should though.
The trade rumors.
Because it's time the Celtics get rid of their prima donna point guard while Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce still have their legs underneath them.
Now, there's an answer that has a nice ring to it.