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Rondo: “I can be stubborn…great players are going to be stubborn at times.”

Chuck - Red's Army June 19, 2009 Uncategorized 15 Comments

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Ok…I was able to ignore my sick children for 20 minutes and listen to the Rondo interview on WEEI.com. Three things I learned; Rondo is extremely confident in his game, he isn't fazed by the trade rumors and John Dennis asks ridiculously long questions.

On the Magic series: Orlando just outplayed us in Game 7. It's not that we ran out of gas….we don't have a veteran team completely…we have a lot of young guys.

On China: I saw two of my jerseys over there…I went to the Great Wall…had a great time..put on a little weight over there…but getting back into shape.

On trade rumors: I don't think much of them..I've been in the gym almost every day…I'm looking forward to doing great things next year. If a trade happens, it happens, but I think we have a championship team here.

Would you be disappointed if you weren't back with the Celtics next year? I would be, but I know its a business. You never know what can happen, a lot of great players get traded.

Danny was saying 'See what happens when you rise your game a bit in the playoffs?'…trade rumors start to happen…..I talked with Danny, he can't guarantee he's not going to trade me but we have a championship team here..we have a lot of great pieces and I think I'm one of them.

On improving his game: I wanna be the best point guard in the league next season…I have a lot of expectations for myself and my teammates do as well.

On his alleged "attitude" and showing up 1 hour before a playoff game: People are going to make assumptions, everyone has opinions. I try coming to games as late as possible because I don't like hanging in the locker room, talking and waste time…I like to jump right into my gear and play. That's my ritual, that's what I do, kinda like my headband being upside down. We I come to the game I sit in the parking lot for like 30 minutes and think about my game…

As for as attitude wise, I can be stubborn…it's a great trademark for me because I love to compete so much, I love to win, I'm always studying the game….a point guard and coach aren't always going to see eye-to-eye…but at the end of the day Doc and I have a great relationship and we can talk to each other on and off the court. Great players are going to be stubborn at times…you aren't always going to be a yes man or always go with the flow, to be a leader you have to stand up on your own sometimes and do what you want to do…but you gotta stay with the team. 

This transcript is from the first 9 minutes…click on the above link to hear the remaining 7 minutes.

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0115704b7be5970b bigpartymaker

    I love the confidence I’m hearing from these guys (Rondo, Pierce, Garnett). Makes me feel like they are ready to fuck this league up next year

  • Wiggs Dannyboy

    Great athletes/players can also reserve a bit of room in their egos for some humbleness. I hope Rondo doesn’t get all out of control in love with himself.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0115705369a0970b Aingelives

    Rondo and the boys will be ready.

  • Danno

    I thought he came off as a smug asshole.
    I guess winning a championship that young will do that.
    confidence is good. arrogance is not. there’s a very fine line between the two. It’s called self awareness.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f2d28d7970c BigMck

    Asshole is a bit strong, in my opinion. Definitely confident though…

  • BigMacMan

    rondo sounds like an asshole here. i understand were all mad we lost but doesnt mean all our players have to talk shit ie Piece or twitter, Rondo in this article and KG saying repeat. Cmon were better than that

  • Danno

    I have no problem with Pierce or KG saying what they did. THAT was confidence.
    Rondo is just plain arrogant. “I like to show up as late as possible.” WTF is that bull?
    The fact that he stated Danny didn’t promise him he won’t be traded, and he mentioned it here, tells me Danny is shopping him really hard right now while his value is as high as it can be.
    Let’s send him and Ray to Miami for D Wade, and resign Marbury to start.

  • perkisabeast

    True story. Rondo and Perk and the boys from the beast lair went bowling in the middle of the season. This was the day after the team lost to the Spurs in the Garden. Total choke job. Rajon and I are standing next to each other and I say.
    “Tough game last night Rajon?”
    He just shrugs, like ‘what are you going to do?”
    I look at him and say.
    “They gotta get the ball to you in crunch time more.”
    He looks over and says.
    “They will.”
    With that he walks off and rolls a strike.
    Let me tell you this. Rajon has more self confidence of any athlete I’ve ever seen. He doesn’t have a second of self doubt, which is why he’s so good.
    I don’t care what anyone says, that’s the stuff that separates stars from the ordinary guys.
    The kid is alot like Muhammed Ali in that way, which is kind of fitting since they both grew up in the same neighborhood.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0115709edd57970b G4L

    He can be as cocky as he wants & I can careless if he shows up 5 minutes before the game starts as long as he comes out and plays like he can!

  • bobo

    Calling yourself “great”is going a bit far when you haven’t proven to the world or the NBA that you are a superstar yet,like putting the “cart before the horse”syndrome,don’t you think Rondo.When you develop a solid,consistent midrange to 15’jumper,and stop making so many out of control to the basket with no plan in the end then we will start thinking of you as a good player.To be considered “great”you need to show more than what you have so far.I think Rondo has let the championship year go to his head.I was a 3 on 5 most of the time,whereas him and Perk were mere statues on the court.KG,Paul and Ray were the brains behind that operation and still will be,if they all come back next season healthy.

  • bobo

    Calling yourself “great”is going a bit far when you haven’t proven to the world or the NBA that you are a superstar yet,like putting the “cart before the horse”syndrome,don’t you think Rondo?When you develop a solid,consistent midrange to 15’jumper,and stop making so many out of control moves to the basket with no plan in the end then we will start thinking of you as a good player.To be considered “great”you need to show more than what you have so far.Rondo needs to work on his foul shooting first .I think Rondo has let the championship year go to his head.During the championship run it was a 3 on 5 most of the time,whereas him and Perk were mere statues on the court.KG,Paul and Ray were the brains behind that operation and still will be,if they all come back next season healthy.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f5ebb21970c JD

    Danno, your being dumb. Each player has his rituals. I know that high school sports and professional sports are completely different, but I myself find it very annoying when I have more than a half hour between arriving at the venue and tip off. Rondo’s not being cocky, he is just explaining his comfort zone. Your being a typical condescending Celtic fan and looking at every little thing and trying to spin it in a negative light. It gets really tiring when people do it over and over again. I can remember countless quotes where Rajon has basically said “I think I can compete with anybody, but I know that I still have a lot to work on.” The kid is confident, but he has a humble side as well.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f5d5008970c Jester00

    just scored a 10 on the hate meter at the other sight on my first try NICCCCE!!!!! and I’m drinkin good day to be me

  • bobo is gay

    ur a shit cunt
    honest
    rajon is dope

  • steven

    i agree.
    bobo is gay