Everybody’s fav retired big man, SHAQUILLE O’NEAL, is set to release a new memoir entitled, “Shaq Uncut” which will chronicle the Big Aristotle’s 19-year NBA career. One interesting little excerpt from the book mentions Shaq’s reasoning for why Boston Celtics point guard RAJON RONDO lost his shooting touch late down the stretch last season. Here’s Shaq’s take:
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, points at Rondo, and says, “Hey, Ray, why don’t you teach this kid how to shoot?” Everyone starts laughing.
KG 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 was never a great shooter to begin with, but there is ample evidence that Rondo’s shooting percentage took a steep dip after the president’s comment…
Obama was obviously kidding with Rondo but when your most obvious flaw as a basketball player is slapped across your face by the POTUS, especially a man you admire and look up to, it has to have an effect on you.
Rondo should have used it as motivation…instead of being green with envy.