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Published on Jan 14, 2013
After recording his 26th career triple-double in a 100-89 victory against the Charlotte Bobcats, Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo held a quintessential Rondo interview.
REPORTER: "You're taking more mid-range jumpers this year. You feel other teams are respecting that shot?"
RONDO: "I don't really care."
REPORTER: "Do you feel like you're taking advantage of that?"
RONDO: "As long as winning, I'm going to take the shot. Some are going down, some aren't, but that's basketball. Like I said, as long as we're winning, that's my main focus."
REPORTER: "Do you guys feel better than a week and a half ago?"
RONDO: "Our spirits are better, obviously. It's not fun losing. Since we've been winning, the locker room has been a little bit more relaxed and not so tense. Guys are smiling, giggling, joking, so it's back to where we began from the start. We lost a couple games. We never got down. We just tightened up in the locker room a little bit, but I wanted to be the guy who just tried to get us back as far as how we play. We play loose. We might smile out there on the floor sometimes -- I don't, but some of my teammates do -- to get that swagger back, and I think we've done that the last couple games.
REPORTER: "Who has been the most vocal leader when you talk about you guys getting your swagger back?"
RONDO: "Besides myself? Keyon Dooling has actually helped. He's been in the locker room, helping guys out. His personality, I think it started with him, and I just try to play my songs in here. They're so hot. I will let you guys listen to them yet, but a couple of my tracks at play in the year just to get the guys going before the game."
REPORTER: "Why were you so motivated at the start of the game?"
RONDO: "Because you told me my assists were down, and I just want to go out there and prove it to you that I could step my game up when need be."
REPORTER: "So I get credit for that?"
RONDO: "No, you get no credit for that."
REPORTER: "Seriously, what was it about tonight that you did seem extra motivated?"
RONDO: "Was it Greg [Dickerson] that was asking me about Kemba Walker? I'm getting a little bit older, so the young guys are coming in, and I may have a mark on my back, being an older guy. I made a couple [NBA] All-Star [Games], but I'm a target every night, so I just want to go out there and defend. What I do best is run the show. I made a lot of lucky shots tonight."