At least two members of the Rondo family are going to spend some time in Orlando this summer.
Will Rondo, the older brother of former Kentucky Wildcat and current Los Angeles Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo, handpicked the six barbers that will join the rest of the NBA down in Orlando for the season restart that is scheduled for July 30.
In a unique post written by ESPN’s Baxter Holmes and Eric Woodward, they break down one important factor of the NBA’s upcoming bubble project that you probably haven’t thought much about: style.
How the NBA picked barbers for Orlando bubble. It all started with Will Rondo (yes, Rajon Rondo’s bro). “I'm going to tell the rookies that they have to go get their hair cut from the barber first," Georges Niang joked. @Baxter and I teamed up on this. ? https://t.co/0qZpCID1hH
— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) July 9, 2020
NBA players have become well-known over the last several years for testing the boundaries of fashion, and it starts with what’s on top of their heads. Teams could be in the Orlando bubble for as long as three months and–if the last four months have taught us anything–players will quickly be in desperate need for a clean-cut, especially when games are being broadcast on national TV.
Will Rondo has been immersed within the NBA community for over a decade now, ever since Rajon was drafted into the league and began his career with the Boston Celtics. In the ESPN article, the authors detail how Will started a hospitality company all the way back in 2009 and came up with the idea of bringing barbers down to the Orlando bubble after Rajon told him about the NBA’s plan. Will reached out to NBPA executive director Michele Roberts, who would eventually approve of his plan.
“Part of the NBA is style, it’s swag, it’s charisma,” Will Rondo told ESPN. “I’ve always been taught, when you look good, you feel good, when you feel good, you play good — that type of thing. And barbers are a central part of our NBA players’ appearance.”
The eldest Rondo brother started with a list of 50 barbers before trimming the number down to the six that he trusted the most, receiving input from players across the league. All of the selected barbers have over a decade of experience and at least five years of working with NBA players. One of the barbers, Marcos “Reggae” Smith, has worked with celebrities such as Usher and DJ Khaled, along with NBA players Kyrie Irving and Carmelo Anthony.
I recommend giving the entire post a read. It goes beyond just the basketball aspect of this bubble concept and humanizes the process a bit. These are millionaires that are going to be locked down for months just so they can safely shoot a ball, but they still need to get their hair cut just like the rest of us. I will say this though, Twitter would be far more entertaining if the players were rocking a bed head-look with a James Harden-esque beard.