Rajon Rondo was always known to be close to his Boston teammates. He took the trade of Kendrick Perkins to Oklahoma City two years ago very hard, as that was his best friend. He was notoriously close with Kevin Garnett. Rondo is a mercurial figure and a hard nut to crack, but seemed to have really developed a brotherhood with his fellow Ubuntu Celtics teammates.
He felt nothing. From the Boston Globe:
Asked about the departures of Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett, Rondo was unemotional.
"It wasn't difficult at all," said Rondo. "I didn't feel anything. I actually landed in LA the night of the draft. I had 45 text messages come through the phone. I thought I was traded.
"It's not the first teammates that I've been close to who were traded away -- Perk, Tony Allen. It's part of the process. This is a fresh start for us, a new coach and a new team. I'm excited about the fresh start."
Rondo is notoriously hidden emotionally and talked a lot at media day about how the media is to blame for misconceptions about him. And as he's gotten older, you do imagine he's come to understand how the business works. But he went to work every day for five years with KG and Pierce. They were people he could trust, who supported him when so much of the basketball world has criticized him. It's hard to imagine he wasn't the least bit affected.
But he's right, that's all over, and all he can do is look forward, try and get healthy, and see where his career goes.