Evans Clinchy
Saturday March 17th, 2012

Another trade deadline is in the books, and Rajon Rondo is still a Boston Celtic -- but not before every media pundit in town criticized his game and his personality and fueled months of trade speculation. This morning, assured he'd be a Celtic through the rest of this season, Rondo opened up a little and took a jab at his critics.

"I had fun with it," Rondo said, according to ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg. "Everybody was complaining about me, how my attitude is and stuff like that. I had fun listening to everybody’s opinion that doesn’t know me."

Rondo was rumored in a handful of trades, including to New Orleans for Chris Paul and to Los Angeles for Pau Gasol; meanwhile, critics in Boston defended the potential moves by bashing everything about Rondo from his free-throw shooting to his rocky relationship with coach Doc Rivers. Through all the criticism, Rondo has managed to lead the Celtics to eight wins in 10 games, a respectable record of 23-19, and the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference. He's now averaging 13.7 points, 10.1 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game for the season.

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