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Rondo added to Team USA roster 07.15.10 at 5:56 pm ET
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NBA.com reports Rajon Rondo was added to the 2010-12 USA Basketball men’s national team roster used to select teams for the 2010 FIBA (International Basketball Federation) World Championship and the 2012 Olympics in London.

Rondo expressed his excitement via Twitter: “Playing for Team USA this summer. Looking forward to repping our country.”

The Celtics 6-foot-1 guard joins Mavericks center Tyson Chandler and Suns center Robin Lopez, bringing the Team USA player count to 24.

All three additions are expected to participate in the team’s training camp in Las Vegas next week, culminating with the 2010 USA Basketball Showcase July 24.

NBA.com confirms the following players will participate in the camp, which runs July 19-24: Chauncey Billups (Denver Nuggets), Chandler, Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Tyreke Evans (Sacramento Kings), Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies), Eric Gordon (Los Angeles Clippers), Danny Granger (Indiana Pacers), Jeff Green (Oklahoma City Thunder), Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers), David Lee (Golden State Warriors), Brook Lopez (New Jersey Nets), Lopez, Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves), O.J. Mayo (Memphis Grizzlies), Lamar Odom (Los Angeles Lakers), Rondo, Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls), Amar’e Stoudemire (New York Knicks), Gerald Wallace (Charlotte Bobcats), and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder).

Rondo led the Celtics to the NBA finals last year, averaging 13.7 points and 4.4 rebounds in the regular season.

Rondo has some experience with USA Basketball after playing for the 2005 USA U-21 World Championship Team that went 7-1 and finished fifth. Rondo recorded 27 steals (3.4 spg) to lead the team and set a new USA U-21 record that year.

The FIBA World Championship takes place in Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir and Kayseri, Turkey, from Aug. 28 to Sept. 12. The U.S. will open the 2010 World Championships Aug. 28 against Croatia, which has never faced the Americans in championship play but has an 0-3 record against them in the Olympics.

The USA has won 10 medals in the World Championship — three gold medals (1954, 1986 and 1994), three silver medals (1950, 1959 and 1982) and four bronze medals (1974, 1990, 1998 and 2006).

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said Rondo initially declined the  invitation to participate in February, when the roster was first constructed, but that some miscommunication may have been behind it.

Colangelo said in a statement, “Tyson, Robin and Rajon are outstanding additions to the national team and they help give us the talent and depth required in making sure we field the very best USA Basketball teams possible.”

Players selected in the Las Vegas training camp will regroup in New York to train more next month and compete in the first-ever World Basketball Festival, a four-day basketball bonanza, put on by Nike and USA Basketball, celebrating the performance and the culture surrounding the sport, before they fly overseas for the World Championship.

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Rondo the salesman 07.14.10 at 5:04 pm ET
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WALTHAM — After passing a physical that finalized a two-year free agent deal, Jermaine O’Neal said that Rajon Rondo was the most important person to sell him on the value of signing with the Celtics.

“I had some great conversations with Doc [Rivers], Danny [Ainge] and Paul [Pierce] and Rondo, and Rondo actually was probably the guy who sold it the most, and I had great conversations with all four guys but he really helped me understand where my fit would be,” O’Neal said. “I’m not concerned about shots, I’m not concerned about minutes. I’m not concerned about anything but winning. At the end of the day, you can build up individual goals, but your validation is whether you win or not.”

O’Neal also gave credit to Rasheed Wallace, who also sold him on the quality of the organization. O’Neal said he texted Wallace to see if he could convince him to come out of retirement. He said he hadn’t heard back but would be getting together with him soon.

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Rondo to try out for USA 2010 World Championships team 07.12.10 at 11:20 am ET
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Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo will be added to the Team USA tryout roster for the 2010 World Championships. Rondo had asked to be left off the roster because of a family commitment, but he appears to have changed his summer plans. He will join 21 other players who will be fighting for a roster spot when they attend the team’s July 20-24 training camp in Las Vegas.

“We got confirmation [Saturday night] that Rondo will come,” USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo told AOL FanHouse. “We’re very pleased to have Rondo with us. He’s very enthusiastic [about representing Team USA]. We feel very comfortable with where we’re at.”

The only player to be guaranteed a spot thus far is Thunder forward Kevin Durant. Rondo will have some stiff competition at the point guard position as he goes up against Chauncey Billups, Russell Westbrook and Stephen Curry as well as the two most recent Rookies of the Year in Tyreke Evans and Derrick Rose.

The entire roster from the gold medal team at the 2008 Olympics, including Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Dwight Howard, will not be participating this time around for a variety of reasons, ranging from injuries to a hectic summer schedule.

The roster needs to be trimmed to 12 by Aug. 26 for the start of the event in Turkey.

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Celtics video: C’s react to loss 06.18.10 at 7:12 am ET
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LOS ANGELES — Celtics players speak to the media following the team’s Game 7 loss to the Lakers in the NBA finals.

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Mashburn on D&C: ‘This is Rondo’s team’ 06.17.10 at 9:55 am ET
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Jamal Mashburn

Jamal Mashburn

ESPN NBA analyst Jamal Mashburn joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to discuss Game 7 of the NBA finals. Below are some highlights. To hear the interview, click on the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

On what Rasheed Wallace will give the Celtics:

Rasheed has experience and he comes to play, it seems like when he wants to play, when the moment shines the brightest. Obviously, what they need from him is rebounding and defense and for him to knock down a couple of those long 3-point shots to stake the defense. And also to stay out of foul trouble. I think that’s the critical part. with Kendrick Perkins being out of the lineup. Rasheed has to stay out of foul trouble, and he’s done a pretty good job of keeping his cool even though does continue to do his antics — it looks like he never gets whistled for a foul in his life. Rasheed Wallace is a capable player, but, as you mentioned, you talked about the consistency of Rasheed Wallace, that’s something the Boston Celtics wish they had; that’s what they had in Kendrick Perkins. Doc Rivers knew what he was going to get out of Kendrick Perkins, and that’s going to be awfully difficult to replace.

On if Game 7 brings out the best in most players:

It just depends on who you are. I’ve seen some guys, when I’ve played, you’ve had Game 5 situations, as well as Game 7 situations. But it depends on who you are. Some guys are great at staying in the moment and not thinking beyond that. And I think that’s how you have to approach it. I mean it is just another basketball game with “Game 7″ attached to it,  as far as when you’re going out there and playing and executing. And when guys tend to over-think it and buy into the hype before the game, if you’re a role player, it can usually affect how you play.

Some guys don’t get sleep the night before a Game 7 situation because they’re so nervous and anxious to get the game tipped off. It’s a process you have to go through, your routine. You have to remember, you played 82 games in the regular season, eight preseason games and a bunch of playoff games, so they’re all the same. You just have to stay in the moment and go out there and execute. Don’t try and do anything you’re not capable of doing; if you’re a rebounder, don’t attempt to shoot 3′s. Stay inside your role and play the game.

On if the Celtics will bring Nate Robinson off the bench early if the Celtics are struggling:

In Game 7 situations Doc [Rivers] is going to go with who he trusts. And right now I would have to say, depending upon what happens, I think Doc Rivers will pull out all the stops to win the game. But I think at the end of the day, Rajon Rondo will be the guy who finishes the game. Whatever happens in between there with him trying to find a spark, or him trying to get something out of Nate Robinson, I think Rondo will finish the game. Rondo has gotten them this far; this is Rondo’s team, and I think we all know that.

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Celtics video: Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo at 7:57 am ET
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LOS ANGELES — Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo speak to the media prior to practice Wednesday afternoon.

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What they’re saying about Celtics-Lakers 06.14.10 at 2:19 pm ET
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Despite Kobe Bryant's heroic 38 point peformance Sunday night, the Celtics won Game 5, 92-86, and the media would not let Bryant hear the end of it. (AP)

Despite Kobe Bryant's heroic 38-point performance for the Lakers Sunday night, the Celtics won Game 5, 92-86, and the media would not let Bryant hear the end of it. (AP)

Fueled by a raucous TD Garden crowd, a bench that wouldn’t quit and an apparent lack of serious competition, the Celtics took a 3-2 series lead over the Lakers Sunday night with their 92-86 win. The storylines have stayed the same throughout the series. The C’s have stepped up and played as a team with a new leader emerging every game, while the Lakers have been inconsistent and led by one strong player, usually Kobe Bryant. Game 5 was just more of the same, and the national headlines the day after have told the same tale.

Los Angeles:

  • Most of the criticism against Kobe and the Lakers originates from LA:
    –  T.J. Simers of the LA Times writes the harshest criticism by refusing to call him by name, opting for Our Ball Hog instead.
    – Mark Medina from the Times’ Lakers Blog places the blame on the rest of the Lakers for not supporting their leader.
    – The LA Daily News’ Vincent Bonsignore discusses how calm and quiet Kobe was during the postgame press conference. Alongside that, Bonsignore says that the captain “really isn’t interested in prodding his teammates along with some fiery speech over the next few days.”
  • Bill Plaschke believes that this 2010 series is starting to resemble the 2008 series and it seems as though the Lakers are throwing in the towel.
  • The Lakers’ big men – Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum – have been largely ineffective and just taking up space on the court, writes Mike Bresnahan.
  • Meanwhile, the Daily News’ Elliot Teaford reports that Lamar Odom hasn’t been acting like his normal, bubbly self in and around the Lakers’ clubhouse this series because of his poor play.

National:

  • Jeff Zilgitt of USA Today chalks up the C’s Game 5 victory to their big four starters: Pierce, Rondo, Allen and Garnett.
  • Also from USA Today, Michael Falgoust noticed that Bryant’s shooting percentage for the series is down to 42.5 percent, his lowest since the first round against Oklahoma City when he had swollen knee problems.
  • Pau Gasol has been nothing more than a “spectator to the Kobe Bryant show.” According to The Associated Press, Gasol wouldn’t “get himself involved or the Lakers wouldn’t involve him” in Game 5.
  • Kevin Garnett is noncommittal about his immediate future, but he is definitely glad he decided to leave Minnesota and come to Boston, writes Bill Lee of the Providence Journal.
  • ESPN’s Daily Dime covers topics such as “the better team won Game 5,” Kobe Bryant needing some serious help on the court and Boston’s bench keeping the energy up every game.
  • And finally, the ratings for Game 5 are slowly trickling in and it appears that it was the most watched game of the series so far and the most watched event of the night again. The 2010 finals have been the highest watched finals since the 2004 matchup between the Lakers and the Pistons.
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