Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears has a great column on Rajon Rondo.
knew his jump shot needed a lot of work last summer. But his maturity?
His leadership? Yes, Rondo needed to grow in those areas, too, Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge publicly declared.
So Rondo wondered about his future with the Celtics during the
offseason. Would he be traded? Would the Celtics not extend his
He also took Ainge’s words to heart, and some six months later the
answers are in. The Celtics gave Rondo a new deal and don’t appear to
have any interest in trading him. Not only is Rondo playing like an
All-Star this season, the 23-year-old point guard also just might be
the Celtics’ most valuable player.
My favorite part – the superstitions of the Rondo family:
Whatever is working for Rondo, he’ll likely try to stick with it. He
comes from a superstitious family: His mother, Amber, text messages him
with either a Bible scripture or other words of wisdom before every
game; and his brother, William, does not wear Rondo’s No. 9 Celtics
jersey on game days – or any kind of green – because he says it brings
bad luck. Rondo has his own routine: He must take the exact same route
down one of Boston’s less-popular freeways to the arena and he listens
to the same R&B music before each game.
The Rondos’ superstitions also carry over to his All-Star candidacy.
“We don’t talk about it,” William Rondo said. “It’s the elephant in
the room. We could jinx him. If you talk about it and it doesn’t
happen, you will be let down. But if you don’t talk about it and it
happens, it’s meant to be.”
I'm just as superstitious. On nights the Celtics are playing, I refuse to interact with my children or wife. I fear it will jinx the team.