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Rajon Rondo hates his ‘Playoff Rondo’ nickname

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo is not a fan of his nickname, which is meant to be a compliment towards him.

Rondo told The New York Times’ Marc Stein that he hates his “Playoff Rondo” nickname. He insists that he is the same player he’s always been and dismisses the notion that he’s not as good the rest of the time.

“I’ve done what I’ve done in the past,” Rondo told Stein. “I let my game speak for itself. I feel like, when I get a certain amount of minutes and when the coaches allow me to be me on the court, I’m Rondo. There’s no ‘Playoff Rondo.’”

It seems that Rondo is just more upset at the perception that he’s not as productive the rest of the time, which probably has to do with the drama he’s been a part of at his previous stops.

Ultimately, Rondo acknowledges that he does show up in the big moments.

“’Playoff Rondo’, I think, is a myth. But I do love the big moments.”

Rondo helped New Orleans to a playoff sweep against Portland. He’s won a championship with Boston. And for his career, Rondo is averaging 10.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 8.5 assists. In the postseason, Rondo has averaged 14.2 points, 6 rebounds and 9.2 assists. The numbers don’t lie, Rondo.

Rajon Rondo accuses Ray Allen of seeking attention over new book

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Ray Allen’s new autobiography included some unflattering anecdotes about Rajon Rondo, and the point guard is firing back.

In his upcoming book “From The Outside: My Journey Through Life and the Game I Love,” Allen alleged that the Boston Celtics were ready to trade Rondo to the New Orleans Hornets for Chris Paul, but that coach Doc Rivers didn’t want to foist Rondo on his close friend, New Orleans coach Monty Williams.

Allen also claimed Rondo told Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Allen himself that he had been the one to carry Boston to the 2008 title.

Rondo, when told of the stories, didn’t hold back about Allen.

“He just wants attention,” Rondo said, via Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe. “I need actually some sales from [the book], only [publicity] it’s been getting is from my name. I need some percentage or something. His people contact my people or something. The only pub I’ve been hearing about is when he mentions my name.

“Obviously that man is hurting. I don’t know if it’s financially, I don’t know if it’s mentally. He wants to stay relevant. I am who I am. I don’t try to be something I’m not. I can’t say the same for him. He’s looking for attention. I’m a better human being than that. I take accountability for my actions.

“Certain [stuff] happens in my life, I man up. But he has a whole other agenda.”

Allen has had a very difficult relationship with his 2008 teammates, and even though he’s tried to smooth things over, it has never really happened. Things like this certainly don’t help.

Isaiah Thomas, Rajon Rondo ejected from Lakers-Pelicans game

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Rajon Rondo and Isaiah Thomas were ejected from Wednesday’s Los Angeles Lakers-New Orleans Pelicans game after getting tangled up.

The two got physical as the Lakers were getting set to inbound the ball in the first quarter and ended up getting tossed from the game:

Rondo had four points and five assists in eight minutes, while Thomas had three points in five minutes.

Recall that there could be some beef between the two as Rondo threw some shade at Thomas previously.

Twitter mocks Rajon Rondo’s Velcro shoes

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Rajon Rondo was the subject of jokes on Twitter for the shoes he wore to the Celtics’ game on Sunday.

The Celtics retired Paul Pierce’s jersey following the team’s game against the Cavaliers. Many of Pierce’s former teammates were in attendance. Antoine Walker, Kevin Garnett, and Rajon Rondo were among those at TD Garden for the festivities. The latter had an interesting choice footwear.

Rondo showed up in a pair of white shoes with Velcro strips.

What followed was Rondo being heavily mocked. Many felt the shoes were more suited for someone considerably older.

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Report: Rajon Rondo to miss 4-6 weeks after hernia surgery

Rajon Rondo has decided to undergo surgery to repair a sports hernia, and the star point guard is expected to miss roughly the first month of the season while he recovers.

Shams Charania of The Vertical reports that Rondo underwent surgery on Tuesday after meeting with a specialist the day before. He is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, and the regular season tips off in one week.

Rondo suffered the injury in Friday night’s preseason game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The New Orleans Pelicans will have to rely on Jrue Holiday as their primary point guard for the first part of the season. Rondo, who averaged 7.8 points, 6.7 assists and 5.1 rebounds in 69 games with the Chicago Bulls last year, signed a one-year deal with the Pelicans in July.

Report: DeMarcus Cousins played pivotal role in recruiting Rajon Rondo to Pelicans

DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo are reunited, and it feels so good.

Scott Kushner of The Advocate reports on Saturday that Cousins was “pivotal” in recruiting Rondo to the New Orleans Pelicans.

Cousins and Rondo were previously teammates on the Sacramento Kings in 2015-16, a year that saw Cousins average 26.9 points per game (a career-high for him at the time) and Rondo lead the NBA in assists with 11.7 a game. Both players also attended college at the University of Kentucky.

The two All-Stars saw their time together in Sacramento marred by a number of different issues, but it sounds like they are quite eager for the opportunity now to run it back in New Orleans.

Rajon Rondo reportedly signs with Pelicans

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The New Orleans Pelicans are getting some veteran help in their backcourt, as they have reportedly signed free agent point guard Rajon Rondo.

According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, Rondo and the Pelicans have agreed to a one-year deal.

Rondo had drawn interest from a number of teams and recently met with the Los Angeles Lakers. The 31-year-old averaged 7.8 points, 6.7 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game with the Chicago Bulls last season. He was largely responsible for Chicago taking a 2-0 series lead over the Boston Celtics in the playoffs before missing the remainder of the postseason with a thumb injury.

With Rondo and DeMarcus Cousins now joining Anthony Davis, the Pelicans have a chance to contend in the Eastern Conference.

Report: Lakers still trying to sign Rajon Rondo after Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

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The Los Angeles Lakers bolstered their backcourt on Tuesday by signing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a two-year deal, but that apparently has not stopped their pursuit of Rajon Rondo.

Shortly after word surfaced that the Lakers had signed Caldwell-Pope, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN noted that the team is still trying to find a way to add Rondo.

Wojnarowski reported earlier in the day that Rondo had met with Lakers president Magic Johnson, which would indicate the level of interest is high. That would be consistent with what we have heard over the past few weeks.

The Lakers are trying to stick to one-year deals for players to they can have as much salary cap space as possible for next summer’s loaded free agent pool. The belief is that will try to sign both LeBron James and Paul George.

Rondo, 31, averaged 7.8 points, 6.7 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game with the Chicago Bulls last season. He was largely responsible for the Bulls jumping out to a 2-0 lead over the Boston Celtics in the playoffs, but a thumb injury forced him to miss the remainder of the series. Rondo has been linked to several other teams since the Bulls waived him.

Report: Knicks, Rajon Rondo maintain mutual interest

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The New York Knicks and free agent point guard Rajon Rondo continue to have mutual interest, according to a report.

ESPN’s Ian Begley reported Sunday that the two sides remain in touch, with the Knicks considering several veteran point guards. New York would likely need to clear cap space to bring Rondo in, but a Carmelo Anthony trade could do that.

Begley notes that Rondo does not have the unanimous backing of Knicks decision-makers, but his work as a mentor in Sacramento and Chicago has been praised, and the Knicks hope to find someone who can help rookie Frank Ntilikina grow.

This is more or less the status quo from a few days ago. While the Knicks may have a few different guards on their radar, Rondo’s name keeps coming up in connection with the team.

Report: Knicks interested in Rajon Rondo as mentor to Frank Ntilikina

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The New York Knicks are hoping to groom first-round pick Frank Ntilikina into their point guard of the future, and they are reportedly considering signing Rajon Rondo to mentor the young Frenchman.

The Knicks are exploring options for a veteran point guard, and ESPN’s Ian Begley reports that Rondo has emerged as a “strong” option for them. Rondo has always been considered one of the better passers in the NBA, and the Knicks believe he could help teach Ntilikina the importance of sharing the ball and keeping everyone involved.

Begley notes that there is not consensus among the Knicks organization involving Rondo, as some members are not all that high on the 31-year-old.

The Knicks could still bring back Derrick Rose, but there’s a sense that re-signing him was more likely before Phil Jackson’s departure. Former Utah Jazz point guard Shelvin Mack could also be an option.

New York has also been contacted by the Boston Celtics about a potential Marcus Smart trade, according to Begley. The Celtics need to dump salary now that they’ve signed Gordon Hayward, but the Knicks are rebuilding and probably don’t want to give up any draft picks for someone like Smart.

Rondo is said to be interested in two teams that have a much better chance of contending than the Knicks, but he’ll likely go where the money takes him.