Says Delonte: “Parents come to me and say, ‘Thank you. My son’s bipolar and nobody understands him, and it just means so much for you to speak on it.’ I hear that so much from people, it’s unreal.”
The irony of the player who sees so much on the court is that there is a side to him that many don’t see. Underneath the exterior of a feisty guard cloaked in tattoos is an introspective artist who turns inward to cope with a series of obstacles he has faced.
“I won’t say that nobody can guard me, but when I’m looking at a guy, I don’t really see the player in front of me,” Rondo said. “I’m looking at the second line of the defense, because that’s where I’m headed.
“In transition? Definitely, I don’t think anyone can stay in front of me.”