How bad does Rajon Rondo want to win another NBA Championship?
Apparently bad enough to leave a Gold medal on the table at the FIBA World Championships this summer. Amidst rampant speculation as to the actual reason behind his abrupt withdrawal from the USA Men’s National Team in late August, Rondo broke his silence on the subject with ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher while hosting the Red Bull King of Rock 1 – on – 1 Tournament from historic Alcatraz this weekend.
Commenting on his recent Team USA experience, Rondo explained, “It was great to practice every day against the best young talent in the league, a veteran like Chauncey Billups and play for a Hall of Fame coach [Mike Krzyzewski].”
He continued, “But some of these guys hadn’t played since April. Lamar [Odom] and I had just got out of Game 7. And next season is right around the corner. I feel like I had to take advantage of the opportunity I have right now to win another championship. It’s not often you get to play with four Hall of Famers. Another couple of years and I won’t have that.”
One can’t blame the young Celtic floor general for his reasoning. As rewarding as winning a championship on the World stage may be, besides competing for Gold in the Olympics; you might be hard pressed to find a player in the league that would honestly place it a cut above the prospect of securing a championship in the NBA.
Couple that with the fact that Rondo has the unique opportunity to bring home another gaudy championship to the benchmark franchise of the NBA and it gets even more difficult to argue the competitive point guard’s rationale.
Sure not many players have the opportunity to compete for their country in a FIBA World Championships, but conversely how many players actually get the opportunity to go into battle with four potential future Hall of Famers with a legit shot to bring home title number 18 for the mighty Boston Celtics?
Rondo seems to understand that fact better than anyone. And with the Lakers, Bulls, and obviously the Heat getting significantly better this historic off-season, he may need all the rest he can get and more in order to make that happen.
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