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In Praise of Rondo

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As many of you know, this week was a great week for Rajon Rondo as his Boston Celtics won the NBA title. But to me, that accomplishment may have been secondary to another show of character by Rajon. One day after his Celtics had their victory parade in Boston, Rajon caught a flight at 6 am to arrive in Louisville to greet campers at his Rajon Rondo Basketball Camp on their last day. Rajon had scheduled his camp before he knew that the Finals would go into the week and thus he wasnt able to be there for the first few days. But Rajon thought it was important enough to make an appearance, that he left his Finals celebration with his team early, so as to make sure and arrive and greet those who came. It was a great gesture by Rajon, as it showed that he was able to place the interests of a group of kids who idolize him, over his own personal enjoyment.

While at UK, Rondo was a bit of a mystery. He suffered from the syndrome that most who are quiet and confident have…..they are mistaken for being arrogant or aloof. Rajon never seemed to fully embrace the UK tradition and had his run-ins with folks here and there during his time. But over the last couple of years, especially after talking with some of the former players that I have gotten to know, I have come tot he conclusion that Rajon was mostly misunderstood. Whereas he was once seen as the cause of chemistry issues, I have come to the conclusion that this judgment was misplaced and that he actually was very well liked by his teammates. His supposed cockiness was actually just shyness and the worst he could be accused of was an occasional lack of effort in practice situations. Rajon was much more of a “Bleed Blue” guy than we thought and his efforts at UK are to be commended.

I give Rajon a lot of credit for his gesture this week….but what has become more clear to me recently is that this isnt something new or out of character….this is just who Rajon is and I hope as time continues to move on, UK fans will realize what a special young man they had in Blue and White.

Article written by Matt Jones