‘It Really Intrigued Me’: Kyle Kuzma Opens Upon the Influence of Rajon Rondo on His Career

Published 09/29/2021, 4:30 PM EDT
Feb 1, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Rajon Rondo (7) shoots against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports


When fans speak about influential players, the first name that comes to everyone’s minds is Stephen Curry. Curry revolutionized the game from the three-point and changed the way teams perceived the game. In the same way, Rajon Rondo, who is an NBA veteran is also a very influential person.

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Rondo has a unique way of helping players as he influences them to watch films and improve themselves. Former Lakers star Kyle Kuzma recently spoke about the influence Rondo had on him.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (left) and forward Kyle Kuzma (right) talk before game three of the Western Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs against the Denver Nuggets at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Kuzma speaks highly of Rajon Rondo

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Kuzma had the blessing of playing with iconic players like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Rondo. The one thing he spoke about Rondo was his love for films. He recollected how Rondo watched films all the time to improve his game and that influence Kuzma to do the same.

That dude, he’s unreal. The way he approaches the game, the way he thinks about the game, the way he watches film, it really just intrigued me. I want to be as great as I can be and that’s one of the things that really took my IQ and the way I see the game to a different level,” said Kuzma. 

This was the mark of a staunch champion wanting to improve at every step. Moreover, he added how Rondo would call in the middle of the night to ask him to watch films.

The experience Rondo gained throughout the years is invaluable. He is a true NBA legend and a direct entry to the NBA Hall of Fame.

Rondo is an icon

Ever since he made his debut back in 2006, there was something different about Rondo. He was not blessed with incredible shooting ability but had the intelligence to pick a pass and make plays. A vital cog in Doc Rivers’ championship-winning Celtics team, Rondo played a key role in their victory.

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Donning a headband, Rondo played smart basketball and made it difficult for teams to stop him. Rondo is a two-time NBA champion (with the Lakers as well), three-time NBA assist leader, 2010 steals leader, and a four-time NBA All-star. Those accomplishments are a testament to Rondo’s hard work and prove why he is counted amongst the very best.

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Now, Kuzma has asked the Wizards’ to send him tapes of different plays the team practices. Therefore, even though he is not someone who has astounding stats, fans will remember Rajon Rondo as an iconic point guard.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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