Sunday, September 19th, 2010 at 5:23 pm  |  68 responses

Rajon Rondo: On Why He Left Team USA

Ric Bucher reports: “[I]f it had been up to Rondo, he never would have tried out for the USA squad that ended a 16-year drought by defeating Turkey for the 2010 FIBA World Championship title. Worn out from the Celtics’ narrow Finals loss to the Lakers, his mind on making up for it this season, missing his two-year old daughter, mourning the death of an uncle and disenchanted with European cuisine contributed to his subpar performance with the squad, he said, ultimately leading him to withdraw from the team…His agent, Bill Duffy, insists that it was his idea that Rondo compete. ’Physically, emotionally, he wasn’t ready for it,’ Duffy said. ‘I feel bad because I was really pushing him to do it because of the experience and his stature.’…’It was great to practice every day against the best young talent in the league, a veteran like Chauncey Billups and play for a Hall of Fame coach (Mike Krzyzewski),’ Rondo said. ‘But some of these guys hadn’t played since April. Lamar (Odom) and I had just got out of Game 7. And next season is right around the corner. I feel like I had to take advantage of the opportunity I have right now to win another championship. It’s not often you get to play with four Hall of Famers. Another couple of years and I won’t have that.’”

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tri4HZnPD0Q Witness

    Click my name!

  • JTaylor21

    He had family probs but he also was going to get cut and couldn’t handle the embarrassment.

  • Ghost

    Can someone do something about ‘Witness’ not making a meaningful contribution to SLAM and linking us to awful music?

  • whitechocolate

    i thought it was either Curry or Westbrook who was gonna get cut? :\

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tri4HZnPD0Q Witness

    @Ghost you changed…

  • http://dsjfklf.com Jukai

    Witness: Song was pretty bad

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tri4HZnPD0Q Witness

    @Jukai bad as in bad or bad as in good?

  • Toni Kukoc

    bad is as in as good as Rondo’s jumpshot.

  • JTaylor21

    Bad as in as good as Nash’s defense.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Bad like Matt Barnes marriage..


    russell westbrook owned the tourney by breaking down the zone D rondo’s didnt have a good showing you could tell something was wrong but his poor shooting helped him be an easy target to get cut along with the loading backcourt

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    About as good as Craig Sager’s fashon taste..

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Witness, enough with the spam.

  • JTaylor21

    About as good as Jay Leno’s squirrel hair piece.

  • Ghost

    Witness, sorry dude but I’m just not a fan.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    I think I’d rather give myself a razorblade/lime juice enema, then listen to another second of that!

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    about as good as Shawn Bradley’s gangster attitude

  • The Lord of Nsam (formerly known as Fresh Prince)

    @Witness: not that bad, just as Good as DHoward’s post moves.

  • JTaylor21

    About as good as Shaq the Cop chasing a suspect.

  • str8 from samoa

    rondo did the right thing haha

  • The Lord of Nsam (formerly known as Fresh Prince)

    Seriously Wit, try 2 b original. I really try 2 listen 2 d whole song but I couldn’t. Just sounds like all that Dirty south trap. If u wanna navigate in the commercial waters, at least try something catchy, club ready… But ORIGINALITY is the key, unless u just wanna b as good as Shaq’s FT% has ever been.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    I’d rather cover my gonads in honey. and go tea-bag an ant hill.. then listen to that again.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7wsrCauIvU Witness

    Ok. Now click my name and let me know whats up.

  • wilz

    i couldnt make it through the song…same as when i mute a game cuz reggie miller wont stop arguing or talking about himself with his speech impediment

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    I would rather have that chick from “precious” fart in my mouth, and hold it in like a bong-hit.. And follow-up with a shot of Amy Winehouse’s spit..

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    One of the coolest gimmicks on Slamonline is when everyone picks a specific sentence/term and goes buckwild with it. (‘trade him fot Shaq’, anyone?). Always makes me laugh like crazy. Sorry Witness.

  • The Lord of Nsam (formerly known as Fresh Prince)

    Ok Witness, I listened 2 the whole song and sorry bro, u still have kinda of a road 2 go b4 I can appreciate ur music:
    1- This song is generally worse than the 1st 1. 2 lazy, makes me wanna sleep instead of get freaky;
    2- Rappers Number 2 and 3 are ok, acceptable, not worse than what we c on TV but rapper nmbr 1 still has 2 work on his flaw;
    3- The beat is weak, not catchy, just the monocorde piano, makes me wanna switch off, was very hard 2 keep my focus and go thru the whole 4min39 of the song;
    4- and the lapses between d raps are 2 long, especially as the beat is not that wonderful…
    Sorry bro, hope I’ve helped u and good luck. BUT THIS IS NOT THE SITE 4 THAT.

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    As for Rondo being unhapoy with european cuisine; i mean, WHATTT? They were in Madrid and Athens! Madrid has some excellent food to offer as i’m sure does Athens. Where the hell did he go to eat? Disenchanted my a**.

  • The Lord of Nsam (formerly known as Fresh Prince)

    So Darksaber, the 2nd song was as good as Kendick Perkins going coast 2 coast on a fastbreak.

  • dd

    hahahaha! can t stop laughing about that as good as…but yeah, the songs was about as good as brian scalabrine vertical..

  • http://www.nba.com That Dude

    Lol at everybody. gotta love slamonline community mayne!

  • JTaylor21

    As good as KD’s chances in a Mr. Olympia contest.

  • http://www.nba.com harry

    “…and disenchanted with European cuisine contributed to his subpar performance with the squad, he said, ultimately leading him to withdraw from the team…”

    What a joke. You can’t shoot, therefore you’re useless in international ball. You also had 2 DNP’s

  • arjae828

    @ wilz…lmao…thought i was the only one who noticed how bad Reggie is.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7wsrCauIvU Witness


  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Now I just feel sorry for Witness.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    I appreciate Rondo for even trying out. Played more minutes than anyone in the USA camp, and still took time away from down-time, family, and friends to suit up. I’ve said this before, but he was the best PG on that team by such a huge margin its not funny, I was incredibly dissapointed seeing him getting DNP’s in tourney play but now I realize how taxing it all had to be on him. Good luck Rondo, can’t wait to see you and the C’s back into things next year

  • http://dsfjklf.com Jukai

    I love you guys

  • http://dsfjklf.com Jukai

    I love you guys

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    About as money as Nick Anderson’s free throws.

  • http://www.dontevenreply.com total scrotal implosion

    that shi% is as bad as phil jackson 40 yd time

  • M5

    About as good as Mark Madsen dancing skills.

  • http://www.euroleague.net/competition/players/showplayer?clubcode=oly&pcode=AQU GIANNIS BOUROUSIS

    @witness….:great music man!!!! (I bet Anna has the same opinion…)
    by the way: Rondo left cause he didn’t want to be cut. And he was going to get cut 100% since there is no way coach K is having 2 guards that cannot shout the ball at the same time in the game. Simple as that.

  • Oli

    maybe he didn’t like the MegaMac as much as iggy did…
    and witness’ songs are about as bad as “the decision” of the one “we are all witnesses” of…

  • Clipperfan

    Yo Witness, that sh*t was worse than David Khan’s GM skills.

  • WangChung

    Witness..you need to pick up a couple CDs (or mp3s?) of that 90′s rap. Preferably from NYC. For example: Nas’ first two albums, Wu-Tang’s first two, pretty much anyone’s first album. Forget this new-age club BS. BET has more than any of us can handle.

  • http://www.twitter.com/HurstySYD Hursty

    hahahaha, those comments are just cruel.
    But yeah, I’d rather stick razorblades in-between my toes and run a marathon than listen to that.

  • Toni Kukoc

    i love ball + SLAM

    tick tack tick tack till season opener!

  • Mike from Spain

    I will think twice before posting here any of my music… If I ever tried to compose music, that is.

  • Bassbesteck

    cosign darksaber!

    disenchanted with the european cuisine? he could have gone to mcdonalds. Do you know what they call a Quarterpounder with cheese over here?
    I can imagine how this worked out: Rondo came in with his coke, big mäc, some fries and KD was asking “Wanna play for it?” Rondo: “Sure” KD takes a jumper from the free throw line. Rondo: “Take it, bon appetite”…

  • anti-crust

    Yes, in another couple of years you can play with top talent, the Lakers will need a point guard, and you will need a fresh start. But you better work on your shooting and discipline.

  • ClydeSays

    I appreciate the guys that do play, but I understand when so many good NBA guys turn down the opportunity. That’s especially true for Rondo who played into June. As a starter for a Finals team, he had to be burnt out.

  • Brickshooting J

    “disenchanted with European cuisine” ROTFL

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I didn’t even listen and my ears hurt.

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  • avfc

    “disenchanted with european cuisine” – dumb comment, european food is by far better than american junk you lot eat, thats why your all 20 stone

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Europeans are so sensitive…

  • http://www,myczechrepublic.com SAB

    if the agent forced him into this against his will… and then made this chump-ass unnecessary statement… then Rondo needs a new agent…

  • Lucas

    About as good as Lance Stephenson’s rep with the ladies… too soon?

  • NicktheQuick

    As good as GIANNIS BOUROUSIS’S chances of sitting down with AI and having a heart to heart about basketball and life?

  • unrel

    about as good as a latrell sprewell neck massage

  • bashmo

    About as fair as Lebron James joining Miami is

  • Bigjonn

    Kaka DooDee

  • http://iamsmooth.org Breeze..

    First off …I rather roll face first down a razor-blade sliding board…or go to great adventures and jump off el toro naked and land in a bed of rusty nails…this site is not for promo..someone please put a hit out on witness…

    And for rondo ..its not the food..its the the playoffs or finals..its because you can’t SHOOT..that’s it that’s final..

  • http://kb24.com DreXnaW21

    LOL these comments are hilarious!! love em, even if it’s a serious issue everyone has their way to “turn that frown upside down”


    Rondo’s beast!

  • Dutch hoopfan

    Yeah rondo is a great player but seriously.. bad cuisine?? Southern european food along with the french kitchen is the best food we have to offer.. That comment hurt my fragile little european feelings dude!

    Oh and witness your music is about as bad self advertisement as Tmacs press comments after his Bulls workout! ;)

  • http://comcast.net Damn617

    You guys are hilarious(LMAO) and I really needed that laugh. Thanks for helping a brother get his worries off his mind for a minute. Rondo is the TRUTH.@ Witness the music is about as good as Shaq’s statement ” I am educated enough to be educated.”

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Man, I thought I owned this room with my comments, guess not.., Nobody threw props my way… Oh well, good story Slam..