Rajon Rondo Loves To Suck Down Shirley Temples
And other reasons why we're missing the injured Celtics point guard.
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The Celtics made a small move at the NBA trading deadline on Thursday, sending Leandro Barbosaâs expiring contract and Jason Collins to the Wizards for Jordan Crawford. The guard, who gained fame four years ago for dunking on LeBron James, is averaging 13.2 points per game this season. The low-key acquisitionâat least compared to some of the ridiculous proposed deals being tossed around over the past few weeksâmade me miss Rajon Rondo even more than I already did.
Luckily, the new issue of Sports Illustrated contains a six-page profile of the injured point guard. Writer Lee Jenkins does a hell of a job capturing what makes Rondo, so, well, eccentric. The story isnât online yet, but I highly recommend checking it out. Among other things, we learn that:
1. Rondo loves sucking down Shirley Temples, the grenadine-laced concoctions that I nearly overdosed on at my Bar Mitzvah. âWaitress are like, âWhat?ââ Rondo tells Jenkins. âI feel like I have to add a splash of Patron, and I donât even really drink.â
2. He had freakishly large mitts, even as a baby. Jenkins reports that after Rondo was born, the obstetrician said, âHis hands are humongous.â
3. His no-look passes often catch teammates off guard. This sometimes results in pain. âI donât him them in the head,â Rondo tells Jenkins, âI hit them in the face.â Ouch.
4. He really, really loves to play the game Connect Four. He also really, really hates to lose at Connect Four. Early in the story, Rondoâwhoâs at a charity functionârattles off 22 straight Connect Four winsâall against kidsâbefore finally dropping one game to a 12-year-old named Olisa. Hereâs how Jenkins describes it:
When Olisa dropped the winning disk, Celtics officials started to shout. [Celtics director of community relations Matt] Meyersohn grabbed the microphone. âThis has never happened!â he bellowed.â Olisa rushed around the table to take a picture with the shell-shocked champion, who tried to curl up a corner of his mouth for the camera but instead bowed his head, resulting in a snapshot of his scalp.
That last one reminded me of another Rondo-is-obsessively-competitive story. In 2011, I wrote a feature about my friends Brian and Justin, two brothers from Brookline who became close with Kendrick Perkins. One anecdote that didnât make it into the piece was about the time Brian and Justin went bowling with Perkins and his pal, Rajon Rondo. That night, Brian happened to beat Rondo. Afterward, Brian, knowing what he did was no small feat, went to shake Rondoâs hand. âIâll shake your hand,â Rondo said, âafter I beat you the next game.â
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