Imagine having Kevin Garnett as your older brother.
Playground bullies wouldn't dare rumble with you. The days of climbing stools to reach your stash of Little Debbies perched atop the pantry would be over. Laser tag opponents would no longer chide you for wearing pleated khakis during game play.
Just imagine what it would be like—then know that Rajon Rondo doesn't have to.
When asked about Rondo's return from an ACL injury, Garnett expressed nothing but the utmost affections for his former teammate.
"It’s always good to see your little brother, man," Garnett said, per the New York Post's Tim Bontemps.
The feel-good, hugs-all-around vernacular didn't stop there. Garnett went on to wax nostalgia, talking of the bond he shared with Boston's All-Star point man.
That’s a little brother, man. We all grew together. When we grew, it wasn’t something we did minimally. We all gave all of ourselves to each other, and we grew in that. That connection, you grow with it through time, and it’s one of them connections that you look at as forever.
That’s my little brother. I love Rondo. He knows that, and I would do anything for him. All in all, I’m just happy that he’s back, and I’m just happy he’s able to be healthy and continue to be able to do one of the things he does best.
Those of you tearing up, I recommend Puffs Plus tissues with the scent of Vicks VapoRub. There's nothing like wiping your eyes and nose with soft, menthol-smelling paper (so I've heard).
When long-time teammates like Garnett and Paul Pierce were traded from Boston, it was Rondo who assumed a matter-of-fact disposition about the entire thing.
"It wasn't difficult at all," Rondo admitted of their departures, per Boston.com's Gary Dzen. "I didn't feel anything."
Was Rondo playing it cool in front of reporters and secretly devastated by the trade? Or was his frigid answer proof of a detached player hardened to the cruelties of NBA lifestyles?
Doesn't matter. Either way, Garnett remains fiercely loyal and fond of Rondo, like an older brother should be.
One of these days, maybe Rondo will reciprocate, matching the complex feelings Garnett has for him with a glorious bear hug, followed by an emphatic chest bump and heartfelt smile.