Rajon Rondo has gone through a lot during his NBA career despite being able to achieve a lot. In 2008 he won an NBA championship with the Boston Celtics and another chip in 2020, this time with the Los Angeles Lakers. He is the first player to win a title with the two franchises and fans consider him the perfect contender for the playoffs, hence the nickname “Playoff Rondo”.
There have been times when Rondo struggled, especially in the 2014-15 season when he was with the Dallas Mavericks. ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, featured on The Full 48 podcast, spoke about how Rondo once told her he almost quit basketball because of his time with the Mavs. Very few teams wanted him after an argument with his head coach and he wasn’t sure where to go from there.
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“He told me that he almost retired a few years ago when the Dallas disaster struck him and Rick Carlisle – and we can blame all sorts of things. He said only two teams called him in the off-season and he kind of thought, “Maybe I don’t want to do this anymore. He couldn’t have had a basketball anymore.
Fortunately, Rondo persevered and continued to perform at a high level. We’re sure Lakers fans thank him for sticking with it as the Lakers wouldn’t have a title without him. His experience was instrumental in the playoffs, especially the championship game against the heat.