Rajon Rondo's Eerie Similarity to NY Yankees Legend, Roger Maris

Nick Gelso@CLNS_NickCorrespondent IOctober 25, 2009

BOSTON - MAY 02:  Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics reacts after he is called for a technical foul in the second half against the Chicago Bulls in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden on May 2, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Bulls 109-99. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The glare of the spotlight has focused in on Rajon Rondo...

Criticisms from management, trade rumors , contract extensions, character attacks, and media scrutiny. Rajon Rondo has seen it all in his young NBA career.

May 17, 2009

The Celtics had just taken the eventual Eastern Conference champions to seven games without KG and Leon Powe. Paul Pierce was worn down by logging extended minutes in Garnett's absence, Ray Allen was playing on an injured hamstring and Rajon Rondo had TWO sprained ankles.

The 2008-09 Celtics had shown grit and determination only an NBA champion can display. They notched a 62-20 record while dealing with a multitude of injuries to key players. They played seven games against the up-start Chicago Bulls in one of the most exciting series in NBA history.

Rondo had a breakout performance in the Chicago series, nearly averaging a triple double for the series. He was fast to learn that with national fame and success, controversy is quick to follow.