It’s not often we see Rajon Rondo drop his guard. We know he’s a hyper-competitive and a pretty fiery individual.
But during a talk with a reporter, Rondo opened up his feelings about Kevin Garnett.
A reporter opened the conversation by asking Rondo if he appreciates Garnett more now, thinking that maybe this might be the big man’s final season in the NBA.
“No,” Rondo replied. “I just appreciate the years I played with him. Not that this might be his last year, because each year people say it’s his last year. You never can challenge his heart or count him out. So he might play another two, three more years. He takes very good care of his body. It’s just a matter of if he wants to play or not.”
I’m honestly not sure if Garnett can play two or three more years. He looked burnt or dead last season with Brooklyn. He’s also closer to 40 than 35 but kudos to him lasting this long.
Rondo talked some more about KG.
Even if this is Garnett’s final season, it’s his 20th in the NBA. Jared Sullinger (respectfully) called his former teammate a dinosaur. Rondo considers such a long career the result of many factors.
“It means he’s blessed,” Rondo said. “He’s taken great care of his body, and a little bit of luck and blessing from the man above. He’s very fortunate to play that long. The average NBA (career lasts fewer than five seasons), and he’s quadrupled it. “
That’s mighty impressive.
“He’s a great inspiration,” Rondo said, “and he’s my friend.”
Rondo getting a little soft on us? That’s hardly a side anybody sees. But it’s great to know that Garnett inspired him. Hopefully, Rondo can stay on the court more than off it.
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