Shaq’s new book targets Rajon Rondo
Could President Barack Obama be to blame for Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo’s inconsistent jump shot? Well, that is exactly what former teammate Shaquille O’Neal is claiming in his new book, Shaq Uncut.
According to the book, O’Neal says that a comment was made during an outing with the president that damaged Rondo’s psyche and resulted in him continuing to shoot poorly this past season, The Huffington Post reports.
An excerpt from the book reads, “In early March some of the guys went to the Museum of Fine Arts for a fund-raiser and got to hang with President Barack Obama. Everyone was a little bit in awe. The President turns to Ray (Allen), points at Rondo, and says, ‘Hey, Ray, why don’t you teach this kid how to shoot?’ Everyone starts laughing.
“KG (Kevin Garnett) told me he saw the look on Rondo’s face and the kid was devastated, embarrassed. Dissed by the President, even though I’m sure Obama didn’t mean any harm. Rondo smiled and went along with all of it, but KG told me he could see it in his eyes. It bothered Rondo. It killed him.
“The next day Rondo shot the ball horribly. He stopped taking shots after that. He’s so sensitive. I think it was a real jolt to hear the outside perception of a basketball fan who happens to be the President of the United States. It messed with his mind. I’m sure of it.”
Rondo has never been the best shooter in the NBA, so this tale does seem a bit farfetched. But there is a possibility that the “Diesel” could be right, since getting into someone’s head on the court can damage them mentally in the long run.
Even though Rondo shot 45.7 percent from the field last season, sports enthusiasts have been taking jabs at his shooting perfornance ever since he entered the league.