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Former Celtics champion Rajon Rondo confirms NBA retirement

Rajon Rondo hasn’t stepped foot on an NBA court as a player since leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2022. The veteran guard won two championships during his 16-year career, one with the Boston Celtics and the other with their fierce rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers.

During a recent appearance on the “All The Smoke” podcast, Rondo told hosts Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson that his time in the league is over. He noted how he would prefer to spend time with his children before he discussed how fondly he will look back on his career in the league.

“Yeah, I’m done. I can’t. I’d rather spend time with my kids,” Rondo said. “What a time, it was definitely something that I never took for granted when I was in the game. I loved every minute of it, and I appreciate the brotherhood that I was able to share and bond and grow with over the years. I’ve learned so much in this game and it’s made me the man who I am today… It was worth the sacrifice of me getting to where I wanted to be in life.”

Rondo played in 957 regular-season games throughout his career. He averaging 9.8 points, 4.5 rebound and 7.9 assists while shooting 45.6% from the field. He also participated in 134 postseason contests, averaging 12.5 points, 8.5 assists and 5.6 rebounds on 44% shooting from the field.

With his retirement, the NBA loses another “pure point guard” who was known for being a floor general that can dictate the offense and break down a set half-court defense. He will forever be remembered for his time in Boston, and will likely find himself in the Hall of Fame in the coming years.

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Story originally appeared on Celtics Wire