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Rajon Rondo says he felt nothing when Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Doc Rivers left Celtics

Oct 1, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

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Rajon Rondo played seven seasons for Doc Rivers and with Paul Pierce and six seasons with Kevin Garnett. Rondo won a championship with those three. He battled nightly with those three. He took cross-country trips with those three.

Then, they all left Rondo alone in Boston. Pierce and Garnett were traded to the Nets, and Rivers joined the Clippers. Suddenly, the Celtics’ were Rondo’s team.

Both nostalgically and forward-looking, this summer must have put Rondo through the emotional wringer. Right?

Gary Dzen of

Asked about the departures of Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett, Rondo was unemotional.

“It wasn’t difficult at all,” said Rondo. “I didn’t feel anything. I actually landed in LA the night of the draft. I had 45 text messages come through the phone. I thought I was traded.

“It’s not the first teammates that I’ve been close to who were traded away — Perk, Tony Allen. It’s part of the process. This is a fresh start for us, a new coach and a new team. I’m excited about the fresh start.”

Frankly, I don’t believe Rondo.

That’s fine. He’s not obligated to share his emotions with the public, and I believe he understands the business aspect of it and can use that angle to deflect the emotional response.

But Rondo is not a cyborg (though, I can’t confirm that with absolute certainty), and he had been through too much with Garnett, Pierce and Rivers to just shrug off their departures.

I don’t know whether Rondo was sad, invigorated, worried, relieved or what. But I can’t accept that he felt nothing.

Maybe someday Rondo will open up about what was a very chaotic summer for someone staying on the same team. Until then, I’m just taking his reserved answer as part of his chilly charm.

  1. carefreejt - Oct 1, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    pierce and kg weren’t that kind to young rajon.
    he (like many) is probably tired of kg being borderline dirty (but getting praise, “he’s so intense!”)…and possibly tired of pierce not investing in a razor. hideous facial hair.

    I think he’s happy to be the main man.

    altho he won’t be happy when they struggle to win 25 games this yr

    • kjereld615 - Oct 1, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      You couldn’t be any farther from the truth. Pierce and KG were both mentors for Rondo. Coming into the league Rondo was a fairly raw player. KG showed Rondo how to create a solid work ethic and Peirce helped him mature. They both wanted Rondo succeed and helped him become the All-Star player he is today. Rondo has been very open to say that KG is one of his favorite payers and best friends as well. I won’t disagree with the fact that Rondo may be happy to be the main man now but to say PP and KG weren’t nice to Rondo is ridiculous. Also in regard to KG, yeah he may do illegal screens often and he may talk all game but ask anyone who has played with him and they will tell you the same thing, he was the worst to play against but the best to play with.

  2. benjamincharlesparho - Oct 1, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    I don’t even care if he’s lying or telling the truth, that’s such a boss thing to say.

    • detroitbasketballfan - Oct 1, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      Rondo has no conscience. Cold blooded killer.

      • jcmeyer10 - Oct 1, 2013 at 3:22 PM

        He’ll be yours soon enough 😀

      • detroitbasketballfan - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:13 PM

        Why the down votes i meant it as a compliment

      • antistratfordian - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:38 PM

        “Why the down votes i meant it as a compliment”

        I guess people don’t think he’s a cold blooded killer. His favorite hobby is roller skating.

  3. ProBasketballPundit - Oct 1, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Rondo could have Anti-Social Personality Disorder and simply doesn’t connect to people emotionally. He’s been known to wear that blank face. Or perhaps he’s bi-polar and was so despondent at the time that he wasn’t capable of feeling anything. This makes a little more sense given how up & down he is based on the energy of the game. Rondo has something like 27 career triple-doubles and 20 of them were national TV games. What are the odds? Perhaps he was manic for big games and tends to lose interest and hit a depressive episode during the less significant games.

    • snoopy2014 - Oct 1, 2013 at 7:00 PM

      You’re thinking of schizoid personality disorder. Rondo doesn’t have antisocial personality disorder unless he has a psychopathic criminal streak or has a particular penchant for hurting and exploiting others that we don’t know about.

  4. bux1022 - Oct 1, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Rondo didn’t like them old timers! Good riddins!

  5. jammer73 - Oct 1, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Rondo is a punk. Hope he likes playing on a crappy losing team for years to come.

  6. antistratfordian - Oct 1, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Immature. He has a little Kobe Bryant in him. Nobody believes him either.

  7. basedrum777 - Oct 1, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    This doesn’t surprise me since Rajon Rondo is actually a part time extra on the cast of the Walking Dead. Dude looks like a straight up zombie.

    carefreejt is 100% right about KG and PP being asses.

  8. nflcrimerankingscom - Oct 1, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Robots don’t have feelings.

    • jimeejohnson - Oct 1, 2013 at 8:33 PM

      Robots without feelings don’t get thrown out for temper tantrums.

  9. badintent - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:33 AM

    To feel something one needs to have a brain.Rondo doesn’t have one.Class dissed.

  10. misterdreamer119 - Oct 3, 2013 at 6:00 AM

    whats he suposed to do cry? rivers yells too much. KG cusses too much. terry gets too many trophy tats. And pierced looked like a middled aged, menopausal wnba player out there. hit the gym pierce!

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