Rondo-Paul rivalry escalates
Rondo, who is keenly aware of his perception and rating in the NBA, has frequently been compared to fellow point guard Chris Paul. At a November 2009 game, the rivalry manifested beyond the court. Rondo and Paul were given a double technicals in the second quarter, then exchanged words after the game and had to be separated by team security.
Their rivalry was fueled even further in 2011 when the NBA lockout ended and news emerged that the Celtics had tried to trade for Paul, and Rondo was a chip in that deal. Paul ended up with the Clippers.