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Rajon Rondo doesn’t ever want to play in the Olympics

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) April 11, 2012 Uncategorized 9 Comments

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I'd say this pretty definitively sums up Rajon Rondo's desire to play for Team USA

"I'm not focusing at all on the Olympics. At all. At all," Rondo said before handing out 15 assists in Boston's 115-107 win over Miami, his 18th straight game with 10 or more, the NBA's longest streak in 20 years. 

Rondo, who still would be young enough to play in the Games in 2016 or 2020, then was asked if he ever would have an interest in playing in the Olympics.

"No, I don't," he said. "I just don't… Wondering why? I love my summers. I'll leave it at that."

Hey, you can't force a guy to do something he doesn't want to do.  If Rondo doesn't care about Team USA, then he doesn't care about Team USA.

Personally, I'd consider it an honor to wear my country's name on my chest and go compete internationally.  But I know not everyone thinks that way.  I also don't think the Olympics mean today what they meant 20 years ago.  At least not to Americans. 

There are international competitions all over the place.  And with the proliferation of leagues around the world, and the influx of foreign players in the NBA, Olympic competition just doesn't carry the same weight it used to.  

So I probably wouldn't make the same decision as Rondo… but I get it.  As long as he's focused on getting healthy in the summer and working on his game, then I'm cool with this.

H/T: Slam

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  • Danno

    I would prefer that none of the Celtics play on the Olympics team, simply because it increases the chances of them being injured.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/mdsample greenbeand

    rondo’s all about business and could careless about anything else

  • C-18

    That’s why i don’t like Rondo. All great players wanna play in the Olympics to represent their Country and the American flag. Rondo has a very selfish personality, its all about him. He thinks he’s better than everyone else. He’s not even a top ten player in the NBA. You would never hear Jordan, Bird, Magic, Kobe & Lebron say they don’t ever wanna represent their Country. Rondo has no respect and pride for his Country. Its a shame.

  • Danno

    this is just about the dumbest thing I’ve ever read on this blog.

  • paul

    Good for you, Rondo. Nothing is more disgusting than fake patriotism. Real patriotism is like real love of any kind. It’s in the heart, not on the damn sleeve.

  • djisinthehall

    Thanks for saying what I was thinking.
    Look- I don’t really want any celtics playing in the olympics either. I would much rather these guys take the summer off, get the fire back in their bellies for the start of the new season.
    I think a lot of our play right now is the guys kind of relaxed this summer, took some time off. Yes we sucked in the first half of the year, but look at us now. KG and Paul playing like its the prime of their career. Every thing is clicking and if there is a time of the year where you want things clicking, its now!
    After the 2008 we came out every season trying to win the championship in the first half, it is refreshing to have it the other way around. I am highly optimistic on our chances this year.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/sothewind Lee in Oregon

    Props to Rondo for telling it like it is. Would it increase his marketability and lead to more non-basketball related dough? Hell yes, but the man likes his summers. If he’d rather roller skate than get all rah-rah with Kobe & Bronni, I’m cool with it.
    C-18, there’s alot of things that are a “shame” in this world, but this isn’t one of em, not even close. Jordan played in the Olympics under the condition that Isaiah NOT be on the team. Real effin patriotic, huh?

  • keltic

    i understand why hes saying this….because he was basically “cut” from the usa team in 2010…in his eyes he belongs (and mine) but i think the coaching staff prefers PGs that are scorers like rose and westbrook, which caters more to the international style of play

  • rahnod

    Exactly correct. He was basically cut, and because of this, he is probably like fuk them anyways and it killed his spirit of representing USA. if he would play in the allstar game, he cant be too selfish. i guess that him getting “cut” pissed him off. he still has my respect