Is Rajon Rondo Resurrecting His Career Purely Out of Spite the Most Impressive Thing He’s Ever Done?

I’ve never seen a player absolutely thrive on shit talking and haters and proving people wrong more than Rajon Rondo.

Sure, plenty of athletes have a chip on their shoulder, but this is different. This is the same guy that used to smoke kids in Connect Four back in Boston because he was so psychotically competitive.

Rondo’s career looked cooked after he was a disaster in Dallas and then was creating all sorts of drama in Chicago with Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler (all not on the team anymore). He had a brief resurgence in the playoffs with the Bulls (averaged 3.5 steals per game) and putting a real scare in the Celtics before getting injured and missing the rest of the series, albeit in a fire flames short sleeve suit.

Now playing for the New Orleans Pelicans he has looked like the Rondo of old, the guy that was putting up triple doubles in between Pierce, KG, and Ray Allen. He’s averaging a career high 12.7 assists per game in the playoffs to go along with 12.7 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game. His .484 FG% is a career high in the playoffs to go along with a career high eFG% of .531, with his second best season coming during the 11-12 run with the Celtics when he had a eFG% of .482.

And its all because he thrives on the hate. Ray Allen was chirping Rondo while promoting his new book and Rondo clapped back hard. Rondo is now living off of nothing but his opponents frustration as he goes toe to toe with the biggest instigator in the league in Draymond Green. The dude is thriving off of it.

Just egging Draymond on.

Some of us get up in the morning for our families, for our jobs, for our dogs. Rajon Rondo gets up in the morning with the sole pursuit in life of pissing people off while dropping dimes on the hardwood. And for that, I’m grateful.

 

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