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Rondo, KG and life inside the Celtics lockerroom

KGRondoYou MUST read this article by Holly MacKenzie of Ball Don't Lie. MacKenzie provides fantastic insight into Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett and the dynamics of Celtics lockerroom, courtesy of Keyon Dooling.

Here's what Dooling said about the perception of Rajon Rondo's grumpy personality:

"It's funny because there were a lot of people who didn't necessarily talk before the game. John Stockton was a guy who never talked before the game, never signed autographs or anything like that and he was known as a gentleman and a saint so the spin that Rondo has is definitely a misconception. If you ask the guys in the locker room, I'd tell you that everybody is with him. If I have to go down a dark alley, I want to go down there with him. As a matter of fact, behind him because he's a great leader."

That wasn't the only reference Dooling made to one of Utah's finest, though.

"I haven't seen a point guard run the pick and roll like him and Kevin Garnett since Stockton and Malone."

"We've got to glorify and appreciate what he is and stop talking about what he's not."

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a fan of Rondo's personality. Do I know the guy personally? No. Am I in the locker room? No. I can only form opinion based on what I read and the ratio of negative/positive stories about Rondo's demeanor must be 10-to-1. 

Dooling says Rondo is learning from Kevin Garnett. And judging by what Keyon thinks of KG, that's a smart move by Rajon:

"He's incredible. I guarantee you if you did a poll of everybody who has played with Kevin Garnett, I guarantee you he would probably be 98% of people's favorite teammate. He is that guy. He is that guy. He's the glue. If somebody is not going well, he's the guy to pick him up. If there's a problem, He's the one to address it. If somebody needs to be taken up for, he's the one to do that, if there's a question that needs to be asked and somebody doesn't want to ask it, he does that. He is amazing."

God, I love KG. I really hope he sticks around for another year or two.

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  • make no mistake about it rondo’s all business. his ego doesn’t need the olympics or all star consideration, but he is a sensitive cat that’s fragile to breaking. as well past locker room cancers didn’t help i.e. shaq, sheed, marbery, etc

  • Jason

    This doesn’t surprise me at all. Rondo isn’t a good quote and he doesn’t give these guys the time of day mostly. Sue him. Sometimes he has something to say to his teammates. And sometimes he has something to say to his coach. And he’d rather recharge than play the Olympics. So the hell what? To me, that’s a great attitude, not a bad one. It says he’s smart, he cares and he’s focused.
    But media doesn’t care about any of that. They care about stories and hits/ratings. And also they are lazy. So they pump out the same Rondo’s got an attitude BS over and over. Except it’s crap. Dooling is just the most recent in a line of teammates and coaches that have done nothing but praise him. Yet for some reason, their voices are muted and Rondo’s mainstream rep remains that of a moody, stubborn, difficult teammate. Find me any quote from any teammate or coach that supports that, though.

  • sev

    i agree with you 100%….the only thing I would say is that danny ainge has alluded to rondo being a little difficult and moody, but those quotes came from a couple years ago and his recent quotes said something about him being moody, but so is every superstar or something. Either way, I think Rondo has matured just like most people in their 20’s and even doc rivers has stated that they get along better than ever and that all the speculation of him being difficult was not fair.

  • walter

    keyon dooling is fast becoming more valuable as a inside commentator than as a player

  • glitterchickbaby

    I love Rondo. He always comes off to me as just being a quiet personality. Being like that myself,people often see you as standoffish or snobby. Some people just aren’t big on attention. Rondo demands his attention ON the court. He plays hard. How can you not love a guy who dislocates his shoulder and goes out playing one-handed? As for the olympics-seriously does anyone really care about them? No they don’t. Love my quiet yet hard playing pg. Matter of fact so does Magic Johnson,who once again called him the best all around pg in the game. Rock on Rondo.