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Lakers’ Rajon Rondo talks ‘Playoff Rondo’ nickname, why he doesn’t like it

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Los Angeles Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo joined ESPN’s First Take on Tuesday to explain why he doesn’t embrace the “Playoff Rondo” nickname.

Rondo, who won his second NBA title after the Lakers defeated the Miami Heat in six games at Walt Disney World, thinks the moniker takes away from what he’s been able to accomplish in the regular season.

“I think if you look on the entirety of my career, I’ve always been able to perform at a high level given obviously I’ve had a couple of injuries, setbacks the last couple seasons. But other than that, I think I’ve always rose to the occasion and played pretty well in my 14-year-career,” Lakers veteran Rajon Rondo said.

During the regular season with the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans and Lakers, Rondo has compiled averages of 10.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 8.3 assists. He was a four-time All-Star with the Celtics and won the 2008 championship over the Lakers.

Rondo has appeared in 121 playoff games with the Celtics, Mavs, Bulls, Pelicans and Lakers. He has career postseason numbers of 13.3 points, 5.9 boards and 9.0 assists.

So as you can see, there isn’t that much of a difference between “Regular Season Rondo” and “Playoff Rondo.” He’s a Hall of Fame point guard who has now won a title with the two most storied franchises in NBA history — the Lakers and Celtics — and deserves a lot of credit for turning his career around after what happened with the Mavs.

In the 2020 Finals against the Heat, Rondo put up 8.7 points and 5.5 assists in 26.0 minutes per game. He poured in 19 points off the bench in Game 6 to help the Lakers clinch the title.

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