Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics may very well be one of the best player in the National Basketball Association at the present time but some of his teammates say he may be getting a bit above himself of late.
Players who asked not to be quoted say that there's been a lot of talk from Rondo but they don't know if he's all puffed up about his abilities on the court or just trying to set the highest standards for himself.
"You wonder sometimes when he really cuts loose", stated one Celtic player. "If he's talking to impress us, it's not happening. It's his play on the court that impresses everyone."
The same player also admitted, "Rondo may just be talking to himself. Trying to push himself to be an even better player. Nothing wrong with that. He does keep it to himself around the press and while we're playing basketball."
Last weekend Rondo did something that Jordan never accomplished in one game. He scored 18 points, grabbing 17 rebounds and 20 assists.
"Many Centers don't get that many rebounds and the 20 assists are amazing. Maybe he WILL be better than Jordan one day", stated another Celtic player. "If he does, I hope he does it here in Boston. But I have to admit that his talking to himself is getting worse. He needs to just play b-ball and let the critics judge his career."
Rajon declined any comments on the subject except to act surprised that he had been talking aloud. "I thought I was addressing Rajon Rondo. Guess I got carried away."
For the record, Wilt Chamberlain had 22 points, 25 rebounds and 21 assists in a game in 1968. He also scored 100 points in a game against the New York Knicks.
Even so, Michael Jordan seems to THE inspiration for NBA stars.
"And Michael left basketball for 2 years, playing baseball for the White Sox", pointed out still a third Celtic player. "Also, remember Wilt Chamberlain set another record off the court according to Wilt Chamberlain", he laughed.