USA Basketball: Why Did Rajon Rondo Withdraw from Team USA?

August 25th, 2010 by Hubert Yi Leave a reply »
With the final cut for the USA team looming, Rajon Rondo was worried about being cut by Mike Krzyzewski. So Rajon made the final cut easier on the Coach K (which was speculated to be between Eric Gordon and Stephen Curry)—he cut himself from the team. 

Rondo cited that he had "family obligations" that barred him from competing with the USA team, an excuse I find hard to believe. 

Hours before Rondo was officially off the USA team, he told, "I think I'm on the bubble. Just looking at the obvious—I got a DNP last game. That pretty much speaks for itself."

After attending a meeting with the Team USA coaching staff and team hierarchy, Rondo withdrew himself from the team. 

Rondo was having a hard time playing for Team USA. His game doesn't translate well internationally and his lack of a jumpshot and free-throw shooting is too much to overlook at times. 

What Rondo does do well is dish the ball and run the floor, an expectation he did not live up to during the Lithuania exhibition game in Madrid.

Rondo was the starter that game and had been in all previous contests ...

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