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Rajon Rondo’s six-word reaction to getting booed heavily by Mavs fans

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Rajon Rondo has been in the NBA long enough to block out all the noise. Quite literally, in fact.

The Los Angeles Clippers veteran was booed loudly against the Dallas Mavericks in Game 4 on Sunday. It was his first postseason appearance at the Mavericks’ home floor since his acrimonious exit in 2015. But while other players might have been mentally affected by the jeers, Rondo enjoyed the rude welcome, giving a pretty confident comment after the game (via Yahoo! Sports).

“This is what I thrive on.”

Rondo bumped heads with Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle during his one-season pitstop with the team. Everything came to a head in their first round series against the Houston Rockets, where they lost 4-1. Rondo quickly bolted in the offseason, leaving Mavericks fans angry for his apparent lack of commitment.

But on Sunday, Rondo made it clear that he’s not bothered by the animosity, pointing out that he bounced back big after his stained stint with the Mavericks.

“I love playing against all odds. I love playing against people that doubt me my entire career. It didn’t go well when I was here but at the end of the day I’m still in the game and I was able to rebound from my position here and still win another championship. So my main focus now is on my teammates. Win one game—that’s all that matters.”

Rondo helped the Clippers take Game 4 to even up their series with the Mavericks at 2-2, seizing back homecourt advantage in the process. He tallied seven points, five rebounds, and six assists in 20 productive minutes off the bench.

Not a bad way for Rajon Rondo to clap back quietly.