Dwyane Wade called the Celtic guard nasty names after the first game of the NBA season. Using the old 'sticks and stones' aphorism, Rondo declined to be offended by the harsh characterization of saying Rondo had a "punk play" arsenal.
After being manhandled like a punk in San Quentin by Wade and his compatriot Lebron James, Rondo turned the tables on a surprised Wade by hanging him out to dry on a clothesline.
With two minutes left in the game, Rondo decided to be flagrant-and not with his usually dubious wardrobe. You don't hit boys who wear glasses, but Wade forgot his lenses, as usual.
In fact, Rajon was sending a message by pony express to his teammates that this is what they should have done after the half-time break. This was no game for a man called horse or horsing around.
Because the NBA protects its lambs like Lebron James and Wade, many opposing players won't bother to swat at the fly-in-the-ointment in every game.
Like a little shepherd boy, Rondo stands tall as a Gronk when he takes on the bigwig Goliaths of David Stern's stable.
Lebron and Dwyane may wear attitude frames without glass, but Rondo has the true attitude. He won't break glass with his fist, like Amare Stoudemire, but he will punch out the lights of the biggest NBA towers.
Boston hasn't seen this kind of heated rivalry since Jason Varitek stuck his mitt into A-Rod's face.
After this game, Rondo won more acolytes in Boston. He has definitely become punky with plenty of boosters.