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Rajon Rondo hates “Playoff Rondo,” requests new nickname

Back when he was with the Boston Celtics, former Kentucky point guard Rajon Rondo had a knack for turning it on when the lights were the brightest, specifically in the NBA Playoffs. Ever since, whether it was with multiple triple-doubles, clutch shots, or ridiculous assist numbers, “Playoff Rondo” has almost always come to life.

But Rondo himself reportedly hates the nickname.

“I hate it,” Rondo told Marc Stein of the New York Times. “There’s no such thing as ‘Playoff Rondo.'”

According to the New Orleans Pelicans guard, his success has almost always correlated with the playing time and role his coaches have given him in the past.

“I’ve done what I’ve done in the past,” Rondo said. “I let my game speak for itself. I feel like, when I get a certain amount of minutes and when the coaches allow me to be me on the court, I’m Rondo. There’s no ‘Playoff Rondo.’ Ask any player. You’re only as good as your coach allows you to be.”

After making four All-Star teams, First-Team All-Defense, etc., his success comes well beyond the Playoffs alone.

“If you look at my history, I don’t think you can be a four-time All-Star just from the playoffs. I must have done something in the regular season. ‘Playoff Rondo’, I think, is a myth. But I do love the big moments,” said Rondo.

After he and former Wildcat big man Anthony Davis helped lead the Pelicans to a 4-0 sweep over the three-seed Portland Trail Blazers, he certainly didn’t give fans a reason to stop using the nickname.

Any ideas, BBN?

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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18 Comments for Rajon Rondo hates “Playoff Rondo,” requests new nickname



  1. cozbob
    7:30 pm April 27, 2018 Permalink

    What a surprise. He hates everything.



    • Luether
      1:48 am April 28, 2018 Permalink

      U mad…



    • Angelo
      4:00 am April 28, 2018 Permalink

      Yep! Everything Everybody Everyone Every Coach! He will have a bright future… as a serial killer



  2. Ninjashock
    7:36 pm April 27, 2018 Permalink

    At first I thought Rondo just didn’t want to admit that he didn’t play hard all the time, but if you compare his stats per 36 minutes during the regular season and his playoff numbers per 36 minutes, they are pretty close.
    Regular season per 36 (career): 11.8 pts 5.4 reb 9.6 ast 2.0 stl on 46.3/30.9/60.4% shooting splits (FG/3PT/FT)
    Playoffs per 36 (career): 13.5 pts 5.7 reb 8.8 ast 1.8 stl on 44.6/27.6/64.9% shooting

    He scores a bit more and passes a bit less in the playoffs, but also shoots at a slightly lower percentage. It looks like most of the statistical difference does just come from him getting more playing time in the postseason. He averages 37.8 minutes per game in the playoffs for his career vs. 31.8 minutes per game in the regular season.



  3. michaelb
    8:07 pm April 27, 2018 Permalink

    Technically, this could be said about any player , Michael Jordan even . It’s up to us to be skeptical and negative of rondos game or attitude , it’s silly a silly notion to hang a negative stank on the idea



  4. Wade
    8:25 pm April 27, 2018 Permalink

    That’s saying he’s only good in the playoffs. That’s what he doesn’t like.



  5. Rick_S
    8:46 pm April 27, 2018 Permalink

    How about… “Rondo The Prick”



  6. youbluemeaway
    9:39 pm April 27, 2018 Permalink

    The Closer



  7. runningunnin.454
    5:35 am April 28, 2018 Permalink

    Well, if Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn don’t mind, Rondo’s nickname could be the “A Train”,
    ‘A’ for assists.



    • HackRichards
      10:28 am April 28, 2018 Permalink

      Rajon “Assist” Rondo



    • (Aixelsyd)0505
      1:44 pm April 28, 2018 Permalink

      Or if Gary Peyton doesn’t mind.. the glove



  8. HackRichards
    10:28 am April 28, 2018 Permalink

    Nicknames are earned – NOT given.



  9. check
    12:50 pm April 28, 2018 Permalink

    I like Spondo Rondo.



  10. (Aixelsyd)0505
    1:41 pm April 28, 2018 Permalink

    Golden glove



  11. (Aixelsyd)0505
    1:43 pm April 28, 2018 Permalink

    Rajon “The Jet” Rondo



  12. dballrb
    4:44 pm April 28, 2018 Permalink

    ‘Raging Rondo’..Always pissed about something,pissed at being born..