Chapter 1: Diamond in the rough

Despite tough surroundings, head-butting with coaches, Rondo blossomed in high school

Originally Published: June 8, 2010
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Rajon Rondo grew up in the College Court condominiums, a low-income complex in a rugged section of this city.

There is not an abundance of opportunity to be found here, at the corner of Seventh and Kentucky. But there are plenty of life-altering choices to make, many of them symbolized by the surrounding cityscape.

Two miles south on Seventh Street is a seedy adult-entertainment district, part of a high-crime area. A mile north on Seventh is the gleaming Muhammad ...

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