Fresh off his double-double performance in Los Angeles Clippers’ 98-85 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, March 25 (Friday, March 26, Manila time), Terance Mann talked about his idol Rajon Rondo, who the Clippers recently acquired in a trade for Lou Williams.
“You know, it’s a pretty good thing,” said Mann on having the two-time NBA champion and four-time All-Star Rondo on their team.
“I grew up in Massachusetts, Rondo was there for most of my middle school days and high school days. Just having him on the same team as me, it’s pretty cool,” added Mann, who contributed 10 points and 12 rebounds in the win.
The 24-year-old Mann admitted he owns a Rondo rookie card from 2006, which he carries in his wallet up to this day.
“I still got his rookie card in my wallet, actually. It’s crazy that I’m going to be teammates with him,” said Mann.
“Got to get him to autograph it,” he added with a smile.
Mann, who is currently averaging 5.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists for the Clippers, felt that his game had improved ever since having the card in his wallet, and that the card serves as a “good luck charm” to him.
“I kept the card and I just kept getting better and better at basketball… It’s like good luck charm,” said the 48th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Earlier this week, prior to the trade, Mann scored a season-high 21 points, along with 10 rebounds in the Clippers’ huge come-from-behind win over Rondo and the Atlanta Hawks.