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Rajon Rondo reacts to Kevin Garnett’s recent comments about ‘breaking’ LeBron James in 2010

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Retired Celtics icon Kevin Garnett had some interesting remarks about Lakers superstar LeBron James during a recent episode of The Bill Simmons Podcast. As part of the wide-ranging discussion, Garnett noted that he and his Celtics teammates were the reason The King decided to join the Miami Heat in 2010. Rajon Rondo, a former teammate of Garnett’s who now plays alongside James, was asked to comment on this claim.

Garnett argued that the Celtics “broke” LeBron in Game 5 the 2010 Eastern Conference Semifinals, later forcing him to take his talents to South Beach. Boston had just taken a 3-2 series lead, and several members of the team were trying to get in James’ head. In the end, Cleveland was defeated in six games. LeBron famously pulled off his Cavs jersey in disappointment as he made his way through the post-game tunnel, leaving many to wonder if that was the last time he would wear Wine and Gold.

“We broke LeBron,” Garnett said in response to Simmons on his podcast. “So get your a** out of here with that, alright? You understand how he got to Cleveland, how he got to Miami, Bill? You remember that?”

Rondo, who is still friends with several of his former Celtics teammates, didn’t want to give a direct response. However, he did note that he loves playing with LeBron, which might seem like blasphemy for some die-hard C’s fans.

Via Bill Oram of The Athletic:

“He’s blowing up everywhere right?” Rondo said with a laugh, referring to the increased media attention around Garnett’s recent comments about LeBron.

“I love LeBron. He’s one of my favorite teammates I’ve ever played for. He’s a very unselfish person.”

Again, this sort of talk from a member of that Celtics team sounds a bit sacrilegious, but Rondo is leaving the past in the past:

“Can’t really hate him honestly,” Rondo said. “Back in the day when we played against him, that’s the mindset that you have. …It’s a different perspective actually being in the locker room with him and understanding how genuine of a person he is off the court.”

Though they were defeated at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night, 111-104, the Lakers are off to a fantastic start to this season, as their 24-5 overall record can attest. The Lake Show will be back in action on Sunday, when they’ll serve as hosts to the Denver Nuggets.