Rajon Rondo started Team USA’s first three exhibition games this summer. He looked to have the team’s starting position all but locked up, until the third game. That’s when everything started to fall apart.
Playing against Lithuania, Rondo turned in his first poor performance of the exhibition tour. One bad game isn’t the end of the world, but that game clearly marks the time that Rondo’s brief run with Team USA started to sour. The next exhibition was against Spain, a hyped matchup of the world’s two best teams, and for the first time this summer Rondo didn’t start. He sat there waiting to play, and kept waiting. The first quarter passed by, and Rondo hadn’t yet played. The second quarter went by, same thing. The game ended, Rondo shook hands with the Spanish players, and he definitely wasn’t very sweaty. He had received a DNP-CD.
A few days later Rondo withdrew from the team. So they say, at least. There was speculation that he was actually the team’s final cut. Whether Rondo was cut or not, one thing is for certain.
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