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Rajon Rondo: Connect Four prodigy

How is Rajon Rondo keeping busy while he rehabs from his ACL surgery? Connect Four. Yes, that game you used to play where you drop the discs into a grid attempting to get four in a row. As the commercial used to say, “Go for it, Conn-ect Four!!”

If you follow Rondo on Twitter, his love for the game is not news, as he tweets about it and posts pictures like the one above regularly. Lee Jenkins profiled Rondo for the latest Sports Illustrated, which hasn’t hit newsstands yet, but the portions of his article about Connect Four have already popped up on the web. Instead of doing standard meet and greets at various charities across Boston, Rondo chooses to play Connect Four with kids, sometimes playing three grids at a time. Until recently, Rondo had never lost a game. That is until he met 12-year-old Olissa, who captured the rare win over Rondo, who was so enraged that he challenged him to five rematches and won every single one of them:

Later that day Rondo sat behind a table and three girls. Across from him there were more than 100 children he had showered with bikes, Razor scooters and iPod Touches that he bought at Target and distributed from the back of a U-Haul. “I thought he might let us win,” said a 12 year-old named Olissa. “But he was so serious.”

Olissa was the last challenger. He stared back at Rondo through wire-rimmed glasses. He clenched teeth covered with braces. He initiated what he called a trap, forcing Rondo to the right side of the grid, putting him on the defensive. When Olissa dropped the winning disk, Celtics officials started to shout. Meyerson grabbed the microphone. “This has never happened!” he bellowed.

“I can’t believe it,” [Rondo] said. “But did you notice I played the guy five more times and won them all? I had to show him, ‘You beat me, I’ll beat the s*** out of you.'”

Note to self: never challenge Rajon Rondo to a game of Connect Four.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

21 Comments for Rajon Rondo: Connect Four prodigy

  1. dave
    7:39 pm February 26, 2013 Permalink

    great story. i guess you can rematch, and beat, a 12-year five times (and then make sure to bring it up to areporter) after being beaten once if you buy kids a lot of toys?

  2. gossie21
    7:39 pm February 26, 2013 Permalink

    Pffft, that’s nothing. I was the 5th grade Connect-4 champ. I’ll take on Rondo and all challengers.

  3. Han
    7:39 pm February 26, 2013 Permalink

    That totally reads like an Onion article.

  4. The Blue Goose
    7:40 pm February 26, 2013 Permalink

    That is awesome.

  5. DesignatedDrinker
    7:49 pm February 26, 2013 Permalink

    Rondo doesn’t get the love he should from BBN. Great talent and apparently a great person even if he is quiet. Please send this story to Jeff Goodman since he hates him and all things UK.

  6. RealCatsFan
    8:12 pm February 26, 2013 Permalink

    Lighten up, Rajon…

  7. schwing
    8:16 pm February 26, 2013 Permalink

    eff rajon rondo.

  8. MG
    8:28 pm February 26, 2013 Permalink

    I love him but Rondo is a weird dude, isn’t he into roller skating too?

  9. BravoBigBlue
    8:36 pm February 26, 2013 Permalink

    Rondo is a unique basketball talent and a unique individual as well. He is his own person. Never met him, but I like the guy.

  10. Ulfdog
    8:38 pm February 26, 2013 Permalink

    Pretty sneaky, sis.

  11. Chico
    8:43 pm February 26, 2013 Permalink

    6 & 7 Eat a d*ck. Rajon was just playin around. He is a cool guy & is very talented.

  12. First2Fifty
    8:44 pm February 26, 2013 Permalink

    Ummm…did anyone else notice how freakishly long Rondo’s fingers are? No wonder he can palm a basketball like it’s a baseball!

  13. C4IA
    8:45 pm February 26, 2013 Permalink

    Connect 4! They have a gigantic 12 foot tall version at Gattitown that is awesome. I couldn’t get my wife off it.

  14. barefootpirate
    8:51 pm February 26, 2013 Permalink

    12 – When I saw Rondo on campus, I always thought he was a wig away from being a tranny. Them hands give it away everytime!!

  15. Han
    10:24 pm February 26, 2013 Permalink

    13) That last sentence would be an excellent thing to overhear.

  16. Jmmy Dykes Caddy
    12:00 am February 27, 2013 Permalink

    Rondo forgot to guard his yard in the one Connect Four game.
    All you kids out there, always guard your yard!

  17. AP
    1:40 am February 27, 2013 Permalink

    12) Sports science said Rondos hands are equivalent to a 7 footer. Thats why he shoots free throws like one lol.

  18. BNClay
    10:11 am February 27, 2013 Permalink

    Any body who has played connect four a few times against a another good player knows that 2 good players will almost always play to a draw. It is just a bigger version of tic tac toe.

  19. big blue fingers
    10:17 am February 27, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t understand the Rondo hate from UK fans. Never have, never will. Guy shows up to high schools to teach math, at community events to interact with the kids, and gives back to those in need with gifts in a way that might not even qualify as a tax-writeoff (its b/c of the tax benefits that a lot of these guys set up their own foundation then hire their family to work it)…but Rajon does these good things and people still hate on him. I don’t get it.

    Instead of hating him because he occasionally doffs Louisville gear, why don’t we appreciate that he chose UK over UofL, then proceeded to average 10/4/4.5/2.5 while playing with a collection of over-valued recruits with the strangest collection of first names(randolph/ramel/ravi/sheray/lukasz/shagari/preston).

  20. Oliver
    11:45 am February 27, 2013 Permalink

    The SI article on Rondo is in last week’s, Feb 25th, edition.

  21. NBA league pass
    12:29 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    Rondo is an odd dude. I’ve always liked him though. Just the fact that he’s from L-ville, came to UK, then lit them up is good enough for me.