The other day, Rajon Rondo became only the third player in history to accumulate 29 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists in a playoff game. The other two? Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson. Of course, by now you probably already know that.
What you might not know is that Rajon Rondo couldn’t appreciate being in the company of the two all-time greats — Rondo wasn’t much of a basketball historian when he was younger. From the sound of it, wasn’t much of a student either. (Boston Globe)
“I didn’t grow up watching basketball,’’ he said. “Never did my homework or history or all that stuff. For me to see that on ESPN, my name and Wilt, it’s definitely an honor and a compliment but maybe I don’t understand the magnitude of what I did. Right now I’m just trying to win the series.’’
The Celtics tied their Eastern Conference series with the Cavaliers at two games apiece.
“I didn’t want to have a game like that and then lose,’’ Rondo said. “That’s the worst feeling I’ve had. Had a triple-double and then lost. It’s like, ‘What more can you do to help your team win?’ But when you do that and then win, it’s like you did it all.
“You can do all that and still lose. If Tony Allen didn’t play the way he played, Kevin [Garnett], Paul [Pierce] made the dunk . . . It reminds you it’s a team game.’’
It’s a team game, yes, but Rondo’s performance was one for the ages. It’s a shame he can’t understand the full magnitude of his own greatness.