Why Rajon Rondo is retiring two years after last NBA game: He's a 'full-time dad'

Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times on

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LOS ANGELES — Rajon Rondo helped the Boston Celtics beat the Lakers in the 2008 NBA Finals.

He and the Celtics lost to the Lakers in the 2010 NBA Finals.

He won another NBA title in 2020 as a member of the Lakers.

He played in nearly 1,000 games for nine different teams during 16 NBA seasons.

He played his last game nearly two years ago.

And now Rondo has made it official — he's retired.


During an appearance on the "All the Smoke" podcast that was posted Monday, the 38-year-old point guard was asked if the NBA had seen the last of him as a player. Rondo was quick and emphatic with his answer.

"Absolutely," he told hosts Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson. "Yeah, I'm done. I'd rather spend time with my kids."

Later in the podcast, Rondo referred to himself as "a full-time dad, whenever I can be."

Rondo was arrested in Indiana in January on misdemeanor charges related to firearm and drug possession. He was pulled over after a caller reported a black 2022 Tesla that Rondo was driving was traveling recklessly on I-65 southbound in Bartholomew County, according to Indiana State Police.


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