After winning a championship with the Lakers, Rajon Rondo signed a two-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks, where his primary role will be to serve as a mentor to Trae Young. Rondo can still give the team valuable 15-20 minutes per game and is an excellent option as a back up for Young, who is having a great start to the season, and Rondo’s presence can help the young point guard even more.
Rondo will now serve in the role of a mentor to a young guard such as Young, and in a recent interview for All The Smoke podcast, he talked about some of the great guards he faced in his career. The first that came to mind was Derrick Rose, who was almost unstoppable to guard in his prime, and throughout the years, he and Rondo had several memorable battles against each other.
Rondo will forever remember the series when he was still with the Celtics, and they played the Bulls, and it went down to a game seven, which was totally unexpected at that time. Rose exploded in the first game in which the Bulls won by scoring 36 points, and nobody on the Celtics had any chance of stopping him, not even Rondo, who was known as a great defender.
“Seven-game series when he was out there? Boy, he put your (expletive) in trouble,” Rondo said. “You’re on your heels the whole game.”Rajon Rondo, via All The Smoke Podcast
One of the aspects of Rose’s playing style was that he wasn’t afraid to challenge players at the rim, and quite a few of them, which he put on a poster are proof of that. Rondo said the thing that fascinated him the most about Rose was that he was fearless and could jump out of the gym when healthy, and in combination with the incredible speed, it made him very dangerous on a fast break.
“You got a whole scouting report on him for sure nnd he still getting in there and jumping over everybody. He was too explosive. He was for sure a one-man fast break every night.”Rajon Rondo, via All The Smoke Podcast
Rose, similarly to Rondo, now took the role of an experienced veteran for the Pistons, showcasing he can still be a valuable player in the NBA. He is just like Rondo, coming off the bench while giving the Pistons 15-20 points per game, while in some instances looking like his former self still. Both of them still have a few more productive years ahead of them in the NBA if they remain healthy, and hopefully, like Rondo, Rose will find himself an opportunity to win a championship.