The news comes from USABasketball.com, that Rondo is withdrawing from the team in order to deal with some family issues before next year’s NBA season: Here’s Jerry Colangelo on Rondo coming to the team with his decision:
“Rajon came to us and said he was going to withdraw from the team, that he had some family matters to attend to and some things to take care of before the NBA season. He did an outstanding job during our training, we appreciate the effort and commitment he made to our program and he completely has our support,” said Colangelo.
Obviously, we wish Rondo well here at CelticsHub and hope everything is fine with his family. The 12 man roster for Team USA has been finalized for Worlds with Rajon’s withdrawal.
With the international game not the best platform for his skills anyway, you wonder if Rondo just saw the writing on the wall here and decided to head home early, avoiding getting truly cut by the team. Adrian Wojnarowski even tweeted initially Rondo had been cut, before USA Basketball announced his withdrawal. Makes you wonder what the real story is.
Rondo’s delay in agreeing to participate in the training camp this summer shows you he had his doubts about whether playing would be a smart idea anyway. His heart may have not have been in it all along, especially once in Europe if there were some family issues that arose back home.
In the meantime, you just Rondo hope takes some time to recharge the batteries and take care of everything on the home front. The guy played far and away the most minutes out of anyone in the league last year. Eventually that will catch up with you. He’s banged up and likely needs some rest. He’s certainly earned it.
I’m sure more on the situation will come to light in the upcoming days, but for now it looks as if Rajon made a smart decision for himself, and headed home without burning any bridges with Jerry Colangelo and company.
I have to give credit where credit is due here though. Rich Keefe, frequent CelticsHub podcast contributor predicted weeks back that Rondo would be cut from his squad. Check out the 15 minute mark for his spot on prediction in our last podcast.