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Why Rajon Rondo is retiring two years after last NBA game: He’s a ‘full-time dad’


Rajon Rondo holds the Larry O’Brien Trophy after the Lakers beat the Miami Heat in the 2020 NBA Finals. Rondo, who won two NBA titles during his 16-year career, announced that he’s retiring. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Rajon Rondo helped the Boston Celtics beat the Lakers in the 2008 NBA Finals.

He and the Celtics lost to the Lakers in the 2010 NBA Finals.

He won another NBA title in 2020 as a member of the Lakers.

He played in nearly 1,000 games for nine different teams during 16 NBA seasons.

He played his last game nearly two years ago.

And now Rondo has made it official — he’s retired.

During an appearance on the “All the Smoke” podcast that was posted Monday, the 38-year-old point guard was asked if the NBA had seen the last of him as a player. Rondo was quick and emphatic with his answer.

“Absolutely,” he told hosts Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson. “Yeah, I’m done. I’d rather spend time with my kids.”

Later in the podcast, Rondo referred to himself as “a full-time dad, whenever I can be.”

Read more: Former Laker Rajon Rondo arrested on gun, marijuana charges in Indiana

Rondo was arrested in Indiana in January on misdemeanor charges related to firearm and drug possession. He was pulled over after a caller reported a black 2022 Tesla that Rondo was driving was traveling recklessly on I-65 southbound in Bartholomew County, according to Indiana State Police.

During the stop, the trooper smelled marijuana coming from the car and conducted a search, police said. Marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a firearm were found in Rondo’s possession, according to police.

Police said that Rondo is “prohibited from possessing the firearm due to him having a protection order in place against him.” A juvenile who was also in the car was released to a family member, police said.

A hearing is scheduled for June 13.

Rondo was selected 21st overall by the Phoenix Suns in the 2006 draft but was traded the same day to Boston, where he spent the first eight-plus seasons of his career. During that time, Rondo led the league in assists per game twice and steals once. His 990 steals and 4,474 assists with the team rank third and fourth…


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Author : LA Times

Publish date : 2024-04-02 19:53:13

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