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Rajon Rondo announces NBA retirement after 16 seasons

There are just some things that are more important than basketball.

For Rajon Rondo, it’s spending time with his family, which led him to announce his official retirement from professional basketball during an appearance on the “All the Smoke” podcast on Monday.

Rondo has not been on the NBA roster since the 2021-22 season, when he played for the Lakers and Cavaliers.

“Yeah, I’m done. I can’t. I’d rather spend time with my kids,” Rondo told host Matt Barnes when asked if his time in the NBA was over.

Rajon Rondo says his time in the NBA is over. All the smoke/YouTube

“What a moment, it was definitely something I never took for granted when I was in the game,” Rondo added. “I have loved every minute of it and appreciate the fellowship I have been able to share, bond with and grow with over the years. I learned so much in this game and it made me the man I am today.

“I tell people all the time it wasn’t a dream of mine, it was a goal. I was able to lock myself away, stay disciplined, I didn’t party much at university. But it was worth the sacrifice to get to where I wanted to be in life.

Rondo, a star at the University of Kentucky, played 16 seasons in the NBA, including nine with the Celtics, winning one title (2007-08) and making four All-Star teams during his time in Boston.

Rondo, a first-round pick of the Suns in 2006 before being shipped to Boston on draft night, averaged 9.8 points, 7.9 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 957 games in career.

Rajon Rondo played with the Celtics. AFP via Getty Images

He led the league in assists three times, stole once and was an All-NBA selection in 2011-12.

The 38-year-old was also a member of the All-Defensive team four times.

He won NBA championships with the Celtics in 2008 and the Lakers in 2020,

Rondo is finishing his degree at the University of Kentucky through a mix of online and in-person classes, he said during the podcast appearance.

He also coaches his 12-year-old son, Rajon Rondo Jr.

Rajon Rondo last appeared with the Cavaliers in 2022. P.A.

The elder Rondo also faced legal issues after being arrested in January in Indiana on charges of illegally carrying a firearm and possessing drug and marijuana paraphernalia.

These are all crimes.

Rondo, who reportedly refused a plea deal, is scheduled to go to trial beginning June 13, according to Jackson County court records.

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