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Rondo: My sister calls me Oscar the Grouch

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CSNNE's Jess Camerato has an extensive column on Rajon Rondo. She focuses on his personality and demeanor, on the court and off it.

“I try to keep it even keel on the court, even demeanor, never too high, never too low. But off the court, I think I’m a fun guy to be around, especially if I like you,” he said with a laugh. “I’m pretty much like a go-with-the-flow guy. I’m laidback, I’m very competitive. I pretty much think I can do anything if you put the challenge to me, so I just try to have fun while I’m doing it.”

“Actually, my sister, she calls me ‘Oscar’ like the grouch because I work her a little bit,” Rondo continued. “They get on me, call me a ‘divo.’ Doc (Rivers), KG, they got on me, say I’m high maintenance. I just try to fly under the radar. I just tell them they’re the same, obviously I’ve learned from guys that’s in front of me (laughs). My coach is a leader, Kevin’s my vet, so if I get it, it’s from them (smiles).”

I give Rondo a lot of credit for all of his charity work, some of which he does stuff outside the media spotlight. 

Said Rondo, “I just don’t like the attention. I don’t need the attention. I’m fine with who I am. I don’t want to grab the attention and seek attention. … As long as the people I’m affecting, as long as I’m touching their lives and they know it’s coming from a good place, I don’t have to have the attention. 

“Somebody else can have it.”

Rondo says all the right things in the interview. He's a team first, winning-is-the-only-thing-that-matters kind of guy.

Check out the story for additional comments about Rondo from his high school coach, high school teammate Josh Smith and Ray Allen.