Rajon Rondo suspends disbelief.
If Houdini could suspend himself in midair to escape from the most intricate of strait-jackets and chains, you would be fairly certain to believe that Rondo can escape suspension by the NBA.
You would likely be wrong because Rondo's role model is James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause. With a chicken-laden father like Jim Backus, it was only guaranteed that poor Jimmy Dean would race cars off cliffs.
Rondo has only gone off the cliff four times this year, racing against the NBA referees.
Armchair psychologists may want to make something of Rondo's penchant for having trouble with father figures. After all, he threw a bottle of water through a television when Doc Rivers was telling the team what they needed to do.
James Dean kicked his foot through a portrait of his grandmother in a similar spot. "You people are driving me crazy," he yelled at authority figures.
James Dean's character, if not Dean himself, never fit in his social order-and he came to a bad end going to a road race in his Porsche Spyder named 'The Little Bastard.' It might be the way to baptize Rondo.
We presume Rondo has not purchased any silver sports cars yet, and he is not racing headlong into disaster. However, Dean took a giant step going east of Eden-into mythology say some, and into oblivion say others.
Rondo is now looking at the road not taken-with a more permanent cliff looming.