You might have been surprised that Rajon Rondo was not one of the 27 players named to the 2010-2012 USA Men’s Basketball Program.
USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo said leaving Rondo off the roster was nothing more than a miscommunication. (Via the Globe)
“There may have been a little miscommunication on that one,’’ Colangelo said. “The last go-around he was unable to accept an invitation because he was going to be involved in Kendrick Perkins’s wedding. I was advised that he would not have interest but that may have been misinformation.
Rondo was unsure why Colangelo thought he didn’t have interest, but felt it could have been because he missed last summer’s mini-camp due to Kendrick Perkins’ wedding.
“I don’t know if they took that as I didn’t want to play because I had other obligations or priorities,’’ Rondo said. “I was in the wedding, so neither of us could make it.’’
Even though Rondo isn’t on the roster now, Colangelo said there’s still hope he will be added.
“But he’s a young player and there will be an opportunity in the future and we have a fluid roster to begin with. I’ve made that pretty clear. So we will revisit that. The door’s not closed.’’
And if Rondo does get invited sometime down the road?
“It would be an honor to play,’’ he said. “I would go.’’
How was there such a miscommunication? Don’t you think Colangelo would have attempted to contact Rondo to see if he would play, rather than just assuming he wouldn’t?
The whole scenario seems odd.