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How can anyone forget the year of 1986? The year when Bill Buckner booted away the Red Sox’ chances of breaking the curse. The year the “Rocket” set the major league record for the most strikeouts in a 9 inning game with 20.
1986 was also the year that Rajon Pierre Rondo was born. He was born on February 22 in Louisville, Kentucky. He was raised by his single mom, Amber Rondo. Rajon also grew up with two brothers, Dymon, and William.
Rajon Rondo was one of the best high school basketball players in the state of Kentucky, and probably the best for that matter. He attended Eastern High School in Louisville, and guided by his coach Doug Bibby, achieved a great level of success during high school. Bibby advised Rondo to transfer schools during his senior year so that he could play more competitive high school basketball.
Rondo went so far as being named to the All-American high school team in 2004. During the All-Star game, he scored 12 points and stole the ball four times. While this was a memorable game, the real standout game for Rondo occurred during one game where he ended up with an amazing 31 assists.
Rondo was forced to choose between Louisville and Kentucky for college, and eventually opted to be a Wildcat. This proved to be a wise decision.
He also set the school record in steals in one season with 87 in his freshman year at Kentucky. The scrappy point guard set another UK record by grabbing 19 boards in one game. Watch out Patrick Ewing! After two years, Rajon Rondo declared for the 2006 NBA Draft. While at the University of Kentucky, Rajon averaged 11.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg, and 4.9 apg. He also averaged 2.1 steals per game.
Rajon Rondo was selected 21 overall by the Phoenix Suns. He finished off his rookie campaign by being selected to the NBA All Rookie Second Team. He was then traded to the Boston Celtics along with Brian Grant. Rajon is now starting at point guard along with two all stars and an MVP. Not intimidated by this, Rondo is thriving and delivering almost on a day to day basis. He had 16 assists against th Bobcats on February 28, 2008 which was his career high. He pulled down 14 rebounds against the heavy rebounding spurs. The numbers go on.
The point is, Rajon Rondo has accomplished so much throughout his career. However, the scary thing is, he’s only just begun.