Rajon Rondo: A Belated Happy Birthday to the Boston Celtics Point Guard

February 26th, 2011 by William Russo Leave a reply »
If point guard Rajon Rondo’s name strikes you as familiar, or special, or rarefied, you may be more than a little correct. A rose by another other name smells as sweet (apologies to Derrick Rose).

Though Rajon is Latvian for "District", the word “Rondo” has growing resonance in National Basketball Association terminology. The name Rondo has its roots in poetry and music, which also resembles Rondo’s ball movements and body language.

A rondo is a motif of classical music, like the repeated action of an alley-oop between the point guard and Kevin Garnett, seen in its spectacular form nearly every game.

In music, rondo refers to fast and vivacious style, like the ultimate uptempo player himself.

A classical rondo featured a popular or folk character.

Today in Boston, Rondo surely has managed to blend perfectly his folk hero role among four future Hall of Fame players who’d dominate other point guards, but play at his beck and call. 

Those of a certain age from the 1960s will also recall that Rondo was a blended hybrid, dark-skinned grape that came to be the essence of a rich, rub ...

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