Earlier this afternoon we wrote that Ray Allen thinks players should be paid to play in the Olympics. Rajon Rondo on the other hand, simply just doesn't want to have anything to do with the Olympics. Two years ago, he tried out for the team and depending on whose story you believe, he either left the team before he would get cut or he left the team for "family reasons." Rondo now says he was "homesick."
In interviews with FOX Sports Florida, Boston guard Rajon Rondo said he has no interest ever in playing in the Olympics.
"I'm not focusing at all on the Olympics. At all. At all."
Rondo, who still would be young enough to play in the Games in 2016 or 2020, then was asked if he ever would have an interest in playing in the Olympics.
"No, I don't," he said. "I just don't… Wondering why? I love my summers. I'll leave it at that."
Well there you have it. If seeing Rondo represent the United States was something you were looking forward to, you need to simply forget about it. Not happening. Same goes for the idea of Rondo recruiting other stars to Boston through the Olympics like Wade did in 2008. Also never happening.
You can't force someone to play and even if you could, Rondo is stubborn enough to make you regret it. In terms of whether Rondo should sacrifice one of his Summers to represent the United States, I'll let you decide. I don't want to simply rehash my points from the Ray Allen piece. You can read them there if you're so inclined.
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