Shaq Says President Obama Is To Blame For Rondo’s Shooting Slump

Shaq has a memoir coming out (Shaq Uncut) that chronicles the Big Diesel’s 19 year NBA career with anecdotes and insight. One particular excerpt that’s leaked has Shaq revealing the real reason Rajon Rondo lost his shooting touch this season:

In early March some of the guys went to the museum of Fine Arts for a fund-raiser and got to hang with President Barack Obama. Everyone was a little bit in awe. The President turns to Ray, points at Rondo, and says, “Hey, Ray, why don’t you teach this kid how to shoot?” Everyone starts laughing.

KG told me he saw the look on Rondo’s face and the kid was devastated, embarrassed. Dissed by the President, even though I’m sure Obama didn’t mean any harm. Rondo smiled and went along with all of it, but KG told me he could see it in his eyes. It bothered Rondo. It killed him.

The next day Rondo shot the ball horribly. He stopped taking shots after that. He’s so sensitive. I think it was a real jolt to hear the outside perception of a basketball fan who happens to be the President of the United States. It messed with his mind. I’m sure of it.

Wait, when was Rondo’s shot ever one of the high points of his game? To be fair, though, if you check the numbers, Rondo’s averages did dip in that time period. Interesting…

The book will be released on November 15th and I can’t wait to see what other little Nuggets it contains, especially during the Laker years!