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A lot goes in to being a point guard, I am guessing. Being one of the biggest fellas around for my entire life means I’ve never actually dealt with such pressures, but it seems true. Not only do you have to handle the ball, initiate the offense and make plays, an NBA point guard also has to keep everyone involved in the offense, be able to relate to each of his teammates and ensure that they’re all on the same page. It’s not just basketball for point guards. There’s a lot of brain stuff in there too.

That’s why it’s so important for point guards to make sure their teams have fun together. Rajon Rondo knows what I’m talking about. From Marc J. Spears at Yahoo! Sports:

The Boston Celtics spent last week in enemy territory, daring to venture into Los Angeles to spend some time together. They scrimmaged at UCLA, ate lunch at Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles and hung out at the homes of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. They even played flag football.

The event planner for the week of bonding was point guard Rajon Rondo. After an offseason in which his maturity was questioned and his relationship with former teammate Ray Allen was scrutinized, Rondo wants to show he can lead the Celtics. One of the first steps was welcoming a couple of new teammates – Jason Terry and Courtney Lee– to Boston’s L.A. retreat.

“I wanted J.T. to play with Kevin. I wanted Courtney to see how Paul likes to play. I wanted Paul and Jeff Green to go at each other,” Rondo told Yahoo! Sports. “I wanted to play with those guys. It was getting guys away from our actual training facility to get a new view.

“I wanted the guys to have fun. When you’re with me I want you to say, ‘Man, I had a good time with Rondo.’ And I think that’s what they did.”

Haha. “Man, I had a good time with Rondo.” Great, great quote. I wonder if anyone has ever actually said that, but even if they haven’t, I think we’re all going to start saying it now whenever Rondo does something weird. Bounces the ball of his head to start a game? Man, I had a good time with Rondo. Passes up an easy shot for a behind-the-back pass? Man, I had a good time with Rondo. Gets in a fight with an opponent? Man, I had a good time with Rondo. You get it. It works.

Of course, this naturally makes you think about the main guy who didn’t have a good time with Rondo: Ray Allen. But according to Rondo, that’s not even that big of a deal.

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Which was easier to edit out of this video — Rajon Rondo smiling or Rajon Rondo talking about Ray Allen?

Trick question. The answer is Rajon Rondo taking a jump shot.

(via GQ)

Earlier today, whilst trying to determine the coolest player in the NBA, I offhandedly mentioned that it seems like Rajon Rondo hates everybody in the NBA who isn’t Josh Smith. And while I’ll admit that that is probably a bit of an exaggeration and that he probably thinks Kevin Garnett is OK, it’s not totally crazy to think that’s entirely true.

Case in point: Rondo’s still-ongoing beef with former teammate Ray Allen, which took a bizarre turn during a recent “106 & Park” appearance. From CSSNE.com’s Jessica Camerato:

BET: Have you talked to Jesus? Have you talked to Ray Allen, man?
Rondo: Oh, that guy.
BET: Ohh.
Rondo: I talk to the Lord.
BET: You say you what?
Rondo: To the Lord.

Super awkward. All that little guy wanted to know was if Rondo and Ray Allen had talked things over at all, but then Rajon had to go and make everybody feel weird about even thinking about that. I guess those problems weren’t as overblown as these guys have said.

That’s not surprising, considering we’ve heard these sort of reports for the past couple of seasons. However, I must ask you, why do these guys not like each other? I’m not entirely certain of the causes and why it continues. Is it because Rondo’s extension made Ray expendable and therefore led to him showing up in a thousand trade rumors? I’ve seen that suggested as the cause. Did Ray just want the ball more and had trouble adjusting to not handing the ball as often as he did in Seattle? He seems like such a professional that that wouldn’t matter. Was it because they both realized how much better they made each other, but that was tearing them apart, like a Joy Division song come to life? I have no idea.

But who knows. These guys still don’t like each other and Rajon Rondo is still refusing to talk about it. This season’s Celtics-Heat games are going to be tons of fun.

This time last year, NBA players were joking about finding new jobs since they weren’t going to be able to play basketball. Delonte West even took things a bit farther, working on a delivery truck to make ends meet during a stupidly long offseason. This summer, guys have a chance to chill and eat ice cream without worrying about needing to find a new source of income.

But that doesn’t mean they’re not going to put feelers out. Some of them, anyways. Like Rajon Rondo, who’s using this last month off to learn everything there is to know about making fashion magazines. From GQ:

Rajon will be interning at GQ for the next few days, helping our game out and learning a thing or two about menswear and the magazine industry. You’ll see interviews, critiques, and blog post from the future hall-of-famer popping up all week.

First things first, Rajon will be reporting to the GQ jacket depository so he can get rid of this thing. At least that’s what I’m hoping his first duty is. Anything less would be uncivilized.

But good for him. The world needs more basketball players who are in to fashion and also more menswear bloggers, so this is killing two blog birds with one stone. And with those giant hands, he’ll be able to grab several coffees at once, which will put his Intern Efficiency Rating (IER) through the roof. Plus, if his bosses need someone to hold a ton of hangers, which it really seems like they would, each of those mitts can handle between 50-75 hangers each, depending on the article of clothing. That’s going to be a huge help.

Not to mention, if this somehow leads to him convincing Paul Pierce to try a new facial hair look, then we’re all winners. That, truly, would be his greatest assist.

He won’t necessarily be happy about it, but he’ll do it. It’s not going to be the full-on Ricky Bobby treatment either, with a signature on the head, but he’ll definitely hook your baby up with a tramp stamp if you ask nicely.

After that, it’s your decision on what to do with your signed baby. Wash it? Sure, if you don’t like valuable autographs. Frame the onesie the baby is wearing? Maybe, if you can find a jersey frame that small. Get it tattooed on your baby’s body? Probably the smartest idea.

Whatever you do though, don’t ask again. Look at Rondo’s face. Does that look like the face of a man who wants to be asked to sign babies all the time? No, it doesn’t. Once is enough.

(via Andrew Billings)