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Rajon Rondo says fan support is ‘a big reason why you wouldn’t want to leave’ Boston

Apr 12, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT

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Rajon Rondo has one more year on his contract with the Celtics, but will become an unrestricted free agent following the conclusion of the 2015 season.

The Celtics are rebuilding, and as the team continues to weigh its options, there’s no guarantee that Rondo will finish out his current deal in Boston.

But speaking about his future, Rondo said there are many factors that go into choosing where a player wants to play. And the fan support the Celtics have received, especially this year during a down season, didn’t go unnoticed.

From Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald:

“I know that would be a big reason why you wouldn’t want to leave a city like Boston,” said Rondo, “because every night, even with the season we’re having, we’re probably still leading the league in attendance or at least up near the top.

“I mean, the fans in Boston, they know the game. You can’t cheat the fans. They know the game. It’s fun to play there. It’s definitely something you appreciate even more once you go on the road and see other teams that have like 6,000 people in the stands. Every night, it’s 18,000 in Boston.

“So you don’t take that for granted,” Rondo said. “I know I don’t. I’ve been in the league for eight years, and in Boston the crowd is consistent. They’re always there.”

Joel Anthony, Avery Bradley and Brandon Bass all had similar things to say in the same piece.

While the fan support in Boston may be well above average, it hasn’t translated into free agents choosing to sign with the Celtics. The last time the team was contending for titles, it required trading for superstar players in Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, neither of whom would have been likely to choose Boston in free agency.

Rondo, however, will have the chance to change all of that, should he regain his All-Star form and then choose to sign a long-term deal to stay with the Celtics.

  1. thevikesarebest - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    In other news the celtics are still godawful.

    • kjereld615 - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:46 PM

      Yeah their record is in fact “godawful” however this Celtic team has been nothing short of inspiring. Out of the 55 games they’ve lost they have remained competitive in majority of them and have always kept the score close in the fourth quarter. Out of the 55 games the Celtics played and lost they were only blown away 10 times:
      1) Timberwolves v Boston: 104-89
      2) Timberwolves v Boston: 106-88
      3) Pacers v Boston: 106-79
      4) OKC v Boston: 119-96
      5) Denver v Boston:129-98
      6) NYK v Boston: 114-88
      7) GSW v Boston: 108-88
      8) NYK v Boston: 116-92
      9) BKN v Boston: 114-98
      10) Washington v Boston: 118-92
      A team that is 24-55 that has only gotten blown away ten times is incredible. They may not be one of the best teams anymore but they are definitely not a team you can still count out, just ask the Heat, twice.

      • kjereld615 - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:47 PM

        8 )*

      • jcmeyer10 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:14 PM

        Amen, and I stayed for every second of that Warriors game.

  2. themagicfanguy - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    In other news the Vikings are one of the worst franchises of all time.

    • bballhistorian - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:15 AM

      Right there with Cleveland sports…

  3. beach305 - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    I think rondo needs to look at attendance pre 2008. If was average at best.

  4. lj312chicago - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    I feel bad for Adrian Peterson being stuck in Minnesota. I hope he doesn’t resign with the Vikings…. Waist of a hall of fame career

    • urodaddy07 - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:30 PM

      You mean “waste” right?

  5. adoombray - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    Would you rather play for either the absentee or they-really-wish-he-was-absentee owners down in New York? You can be here in Boston and be treated like a human being and never pay for a drink again, or you can go to New York (It’s unbelievable how NY treats the Jets, worse than WE treat New York teams) and get skewered every single day in the papers, never be able to walk down the street and spend your time poisoning for rats in its decaying urban infrastructure that spends 6 months smelling like a toilet.

    Boston is one of the best places to live in the country and it’s far and away one of the best places to be an athlete in. Nobody has signed here in years because nobody needed to when KG and Pierce were here ; right now, the team is CHOOSING to lose, as evidenced by guys like Bogans and Anthony taking roster spots, while guys like Jamal Crawford, guys who could help the team win, got dumped, right about the time the C’s were blowing both New York teams away in the standings. All Boston needs is a Center, and they will probably get one with the top 4 pick they’ll be receiving in a conference that was harder to tank in than it was to win in this year.

    • mackcarrington - Apr 12, 2014 at 11:04 PM

      Why would you want to pay for millionaire athletes drinks?

    • casualcommenter - Apr 13, 2014 at 6:53 AM

      Uh, Boston fans were brutal about the Red Sox during the season where they collapsed down the stretch amid reports that players were eating fried chicken on gameday.

      And I’ve watched multiple playoff games on TV where the Patriots have been booed by their own fans.

      But yeah, go ahead and pretend that Boston sports fans are never rude or mean to athletes when they fail.

  6. titansbro - Apr 12, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    NBA players would rather chose based on things like rap star owners & reality tv opportunities. NHL > NBA

  7. j0esixpack - Apr 13, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Casual commenters and casual fans certainly can’t understand that serious fans have high expectations that professional athletes will act like… well, professional athletes

    Guys like Rondo and other Celtics and the guys on the Sox with the drive and passion to go from worst to first not only understand that passion, but embrace it and appreciate it

    So while some casual fans and even less professional players may resent the high expectations of Boston fans, the players we prefer to root for use that passion to motivate them

    I think that’s what Rondo is trying to convey

  8. jimeejohnson - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    He likes lobstah, chowdah, and scallups.

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