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"I don't always drink Shirley Temples, but when I do, I add a splash of Patron."
In case you have been under a rock for the last week, let me point out to you the fact that Lee Jenkins penned an epic article on Rajon Rondo for Sports Illustrated. Basically Rondo is the most interesting player ever.
WEEI was kind enough to list out 41 of the best items in said article. Here's a winning quote from none other than Scal.
"There’s no one in the history of our game like him. He’s the the most interesting player I’ve ever known. How does someone who is 6-foot-1 get 18 rebounds? How does someone who doesn’t run fast break get 20 assists? How does someone who never shoots get everybody open? We cannot begin to understand how he does it."
Here's another quote that I think captures the complex nature of Rondo very well. (Talking about how his mother handled his acting out as a youth.)
Instead of sending him away, Amber bought him the only hoop in College Court, to replace the milk crate he had hung in the backyard. Rondo preferred football and baseball to basketball. He didn't watch the NBA. He didn't study the greats, but somehow their moves—from the Euro-step to the Dream Shake—found their way into his game on the playground. His feel for the sport was innate. He joined the basketball team at Eastern High because Bibby liked his cousin, and as a freshman he was suspended 12 of 24 games for a variety of offenses. He sulked through practices and finished last in wind sprints. He also slept in class, didn't complete his homework and forgot his books. "He was a terrible student," says Bibby, "but he was smart as hell."
If you haven't already, go check out the whole article here. Seriously. Read it.