In a latest interview, Rajon Rondo mentioned that taking part in for the Lakers and “winning it for Kobe, the year Kobe passed was unreal as some of you can imagine”. Earlier in 2020, earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic shut down on a regular basis life within the United States, the basketball world was already reeling from the tragic dying of Kobe Bryant.
While on the podcast All The Smoke, the 4-time All-Star went on to clarify the importance of bringing home a championship throughout an “emotional rollercoaster of a year” for a fanbase grieving one of their greats,
“Obviously, playing against him in a couple of finals, [and to do it] in the same uniform… So, it was a tough one. We understood the mindset, the goal we had, what we were trying to attain, and who are we doing it for. So, to be able to see that in full circle, accomplish a goal, it was a thrill moment. It is definitely something we are going to be grateful for, I’m sure for the rest of our lives. It was a dope moment… Despite everything else”
“Full circle” is an effective way to place it, the two performed one another in two NBA finals in 2008 and 2010, Rondo as a Boston Celtic and Kobe after all as a Los Angeles Laker. The two guards squared off in each series, honoring the historic rivalry with glorious play.
However, not like Kobe, Rondo has bounced across the league fairly a bit, ultimately touchdown in LA as a Laker in 2018. Matt Barnes, who performed with Kobe for two seasons, added to Rondo’s accomplishment saying the championship needs to be a “gold star” given the circumstances of the 12 months, significantly for the Lakers.
In the 2020 NBA playoff bubble in Orlando, Rondo discovered postseason success however not with out problems alongside the way in which. As Barnes pointed out, Rondo was out for 6-weeks with a damaged thumb, lacking the Lakers’ first-round series towards the Portland Trail Blazers however went on to play key minutes off the bench as soon as he returned.
Rondo Averaged 8.9 points, 4.3 Rebounds, 6.6 assists, and 1.4 steals within the 2020 playoffs whereas taking part in virtually half the minutes he did as a Celtic.