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Rondo on prime Derrick Rose: 'He was too explosive'

/ by K.C. Johnson
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The Bulls aren't playing on the NBA's showcase Christmas Day schedule. But former Bull Rajon Rondo offered up a gift to Bulls fans anyway.

Appearing on the "ALL THE SMOKE" podcast hosted by former NBA players Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes, Rondo paid perhaps the ultimate compliment to Derrick Rose.

"No, man, nobody," Rondo responded when Barnes asked if prime Rose compared to any player he had faced.

Keep in mind that Rondo is a four-time All-Defensive team selection, including a second-team selection in 2008-09. That was the season Rose won Rookie of the Year honors and faced Rondo directly in an epic, seven-game, first-round playoff series matchup. Rondo's Celtics prevailed, but Rose averaged 19.7 points and 6.4 assists. That included a 36-point performance in Game 1, which tied Lew Alcindor's 39-year-old record for most points by a rookie in his first playoff game.

"Seven-game series when he was out there? Boy, he put your (expletive) in trouble," Rondo said. "You're on your heels the whole game."

Rondo played for the Bulls in 2016-17, the season after John Paxson and Gar Forman traded Rose to the Knicks to begin a rebuild.

"You got a whole scouting report on him for sure," Rondo said on the podcast.

To which co-host Jackson talked about packing the paint.

"And he still getting in there and jumping over everybody," Rondo said. "He was too explosive. He was for sure a one-man fast break every night."