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Rondo on Withdrawing from Team USA

Via Ric Bucher, who caught up with Rajon en route to Alcatraz, where Red Bull, one of Rondo’s endorsement partners, hosted a one-on-one tournament:

“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],” Rondo said. “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.”

As you probably know, Rondo withdrew from the team shortly after Coach K benched him for an entire exhibition game. Do you believe Rajon that he never really wanted to play to begin with, and that—as Bucher details elsewhere in the story)—Rondo’s agent pushed him to do it? 

I don’t particularly care, and I get why NBA players (and their teams) don’t always want to play in international competitions. The NBA season’s a grind, and players are entitled to relax during the summer if they prefer.

  • Josh A

    Yeah w.e, he will do whatever he wants, I don’t think anyone really cares. Erden did fine. USA won it all, Rondo is out partying. Great!!!!

  • Michael C

    Josh A is obviously not a Celtic because if he was he would shut his trap. IT’S CALLED (“TALKING LOUD & SAYING NOTHING”)

  • Rangatiratanga

    Don’t know, don’t care.Hopefully it has a positive effect to our chances at banner 18 next year.But i ask you this,Odom,Billups,Westbrook,Durany, hell even the most injury prone player on that squad Tyson Chandler………why didn’t they withdraw.They didn’t have a problem with it.

  • chiharu

    physically, emotionally, he wasn’t ready for it…it was easily imaginable even
    in here Japan that crossed the ocean. anyway, FIBA is over, I’m glad he got rest
    enough and didn’t get injured.

  • Jeff

    I do believe that he wasn’t all that into it.

    I think the Finals were still on his mind along with other things, and considering his aloofness about joining in the first place and not going until the last minute, then yeah I’d say it wasn’t that big a deal to him.

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