Rajon Rondo, the former star player for the Celtics, has hung up his sneakers after a thrilling 16-year NBA career that included two championship wins and trips to nine different teams. When asked by host Matt Barnes, he clearly stated that his time on the basketball court was coming to an end.

He said during the “All the Smoke” podcast. Throughout his remarkable career, Rondo enthralled fans with his intense competitive spirit, defensive brilliance, and spectacular assists. His departure has left an irreversible impression on the NBA.

“Yeah, I’m done. I can’t. I’d rather spend time with my kids.” Rondo said to cbsnews.

Rondo made a lasting impression on the NBA as a master of both offense and defense. His unmatched court vision is evident, as he ranks 15th all-time in assists with 7,584 to his name. Well-known as “Grand Theft Rondo,” he proved his ability to take steals and turn them into points by being selected twice for the NBA’s All-Defensive teams.

Rondo’s influence went beyond passing, as he regularly averaged 1.6 steals per game throughout his career, cementing his legacy as a dynamic force on both ends of the floor. He led the NBA in assists in 2015–16 while playing for the Sacramento Kings.

Rondo Rising: From Rookie to Championship Coach

After Danny Ainge acquired Rondo’s rights on draft night in 2006, Rondo’s Celtics career got underway. Although having a modest rookie campaign, he blossomed in Year 2 with Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett, and he was crucial to the team’s NBA championship victory. While the team was winning, Rondo’s ability to playmaker and playmaker defense proved invaluable, securing his position as a vital member.

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Not only did Rajon Rondo win a championship in Boston, but he also left an incredible mark throughout the 2008–09 NBA playoffs. Throughout the seven-game series, Rondo displayed his genius in an exciting matchup with Derrick Rose, averaging 19.4 points, 11.6 assists, and 9.3 rebounds per game.

His incredible 19-assist performance in Game 6 and his triple-double in Game 2 cemented his position in NBA postseason history by showcasing his unrivaled brilliance and capacity to perform at critical moments.

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