Playing in the NBA Finals 2-out-of-3 years can wear down one's body, even a young buck like Rajon Rondo:
The notion has taken root that Rajon Rondo wasn't all that
interested in playing for USA Basketball. It's a perception fueled by
the Celtics' point guard, who over the last two years hasn't publicly
expressed the same desire as other players to wear the USA jersey.
There is a reason for that, Rondo says, and it has nothing to do
with not wanting to represent the U.S.
"It wasn't that I didn't want to be here," he said. "It's the wear
and tear on my body. I played  games last year. I was pretty banged
up after the season. It was the same thing the last couple of years.
I'm young, which is probably the only reason why I'm here. If I was a
little older, I probably wouldn't have done it."
been among the standouts in camp, drawing praise from USA Basketball
officials for his decision-making and ability to run a team. Should he
make the first cut — the roster will be sliced to about 15 when camp
picks up in New York early next month, and 12 players will represent the
U.S. at the world championships in Turkey beginning Aug. 28 — Rondo
says he will continue to try to make the team.
definitely want to be there," Rondo said. "This is a unique experience."