Rajon Rondo hits Jeff Green off the bounce for the slam in the Celtics’ 118-111 win over the Pistons.
"He’s definitely unique. I mean, he’s one of the guys that can dominate a game without scoring. And when he scores, it’s just kind of extra, but he can absolutely dominate the game without scoring. He’s court-savvy, and his intelligence is probably his best skill. […] He’s come a long way, man. He’s come a long way. But the one thing I really love about him is his leadership. That’s something I really see. Forget about his physical attributes and the way he can pass and dominate, I just love leadership."
— Chauncey Billups on Rajon Rondo
"He stays to himself, but when you get into his inner circle, which is very small, you get an opportunity to see what type of a good person he is. The main thing that I’ve known about him is that he’s a perfectionist. He really works hard at whatever he does because he looks at everything as a challenge. He challenges everybody to be able to increase their knowledge of the game. It might be intense sometimes, but he doesn’t mean any harm or anything negative by it. He wants the best out of each and every player that he plays with."
— Josh Smith on Rajon Rondo
"If I haven’t played for you, or you don’t know me as a teammate, then you really don’t know me at all. People get a perception of who I am versus what they read versus actually knowing me. That’s just what it is. That’s just the position we’re in as athletes. That’s the position I’m in as an NBA player."
"I always read how ‘difficult’ he was — and he can be — but I always said, ‘Is he difficult?’ or ‘Is he challenging?’ There’s a difference in those words. Because of his IQ, he’s always going to have some challenges for his coach — or for anyone — because sometimes he’s ahead of you."
— Doc Rivers on Rajon Rondo
"Every time an athlete doesn’t let people in, or doesn’t like attention, people automatically put him in a box as whatever they perceive him as. And he doesn’t deserve to be in the box that he’s in. I don’t think people will ever really understand what they don’t know, and that’s cool with him. He doesn’t really want that. He just wants to be respected as a ballplayer."
— Keyon Dooling on Rajon Rondo