Over the past few years, Rajon Rondo has shown Boston that he is a fan of numbers. He popped in on a high school math class back in 2012 to help with an algebra lesson and gave out some tips to the lucky students. Earlier this year, Rondo had an infamous tweet that counted down the millions of seconds from his ACL surgery to his return to the floor.
— Rajon Rondo (@RajonRondo) January 14, 2014
Rondo’s love of numbers has carried over to his basketball game as well. According to a new article from Scott Cacciola of the New York Times Rondo individually employs his own statistics guru named Justin Zormelo to help break down his play.
This season, Zormelo worked with All-Stars like Paul George of the Indiana Pacers, John Wall of the Washington Wizards and Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics. At least three of his clients are still in the playoffs. When they require hands-on involvement, he heads to the airport.
“Before the game was even over, he had everything broken down,” Rondo said. “The text was already in my phone.”
Zormelo also sent Rondo an in-depth email that included a synopsis of what Rondo had done well, areas where he needed to improve and a scouting report for his next game. Rondo was asked if the Celtics were aware that he was seeking constant counsel from someone outside the organization.
“Not really,” he said. “But I’m just trying to get better. There’s nothing wrong with that.”
Rondo can’t be faulted for that kind of attitude. The Celtics are one of the more analytics friendly teams in the NBA, so it’s hard to see them having an issue with Rondo’s pursuit of additional information.
As long as the point guard is listening to Brad Stevens and the input of the Celtics coaching staff, using his own means to try to improve should be lauded.
No word on whether Rondo will use his numbers guru to help strengthen his case for a hefty new contract when his current deal expires next summer.