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Rondo joins Team USA in Vegas

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  July 19, 2010 01:21 PM

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While he was in Miami, though, Rondo inevitably answered questions about the Heat's new Big Three.

Rajon Rondo was in Miami over the weekend for a charity game hosted by Dwyane Wade and answered the inevitable questions about the Heat's Big Three. Right now, he said, you can't compare Chris Bosh, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade to Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Miami's third-year point guard Mario Chalmers was also there, and since he's in a position similar to the one Rondo was in three years ago, Chalmers said he would reach out to Rondo. "I really want to talk with Rajon,'' Chalmers said. "I'd like to hear what he says about that.''

From Tim Povtak at Fanhouse:

The biggest difference is that the Boston Big Three were older when they came together, none had won a championship, and two of the three were past their physical primes. In Miami, Dwyane Wade already has won a title, and all three are in their physical primes.

"I can't predict how they'll do. It's a long season. It could be Game 38, or Game 56, and things could change when one guy isn't touching the ball as much as he used to,'' Rondo said. "It depends on personality. The Celtics group did a good job. Everyone was very unselfish.''

Rondo did sound slightly surprised at all the attention the Heat have received, and how they were being hailed as the overwhelming favorites to win a title. When the Celtics came together, most people thought it would take a couple years before they could jell.

"It depends on how you view it. The Lakers (two-time defending champs) are still the team to beat. In the East, we're the champs,'' he said. "But that's in the past. It's a new season. The playoffs are going to be great this season. I'm looking forward to playing them (Heat).''

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