It's not just the moment when he gave his mother a house. Nor is it the dabbling in poetry, the attempts to compose tunes on the piano or what he does on the court -- the Nets best chance for a 5x5 performer, someone who can post five or more points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks.
How about how he watches his back. Rod Boone explains the tattoo on his back, the one that is a silhouette of his face, that covers most of his back.
"I was getting a story [tattooed] on my back about where I started, where I am coming from. Just the stepping-stones," Hollis-Jefferson said. "And this was the biggest picture of the portrait I was getting. So I was like, 'Let me get that out of the way.' And I tell people I will get it finished in the future, the whole thing. But now I tell them, 'Nah, that's just me watching my back.' "
To which Thaddeus Young said, ""That sounds like a Rondae quote."
Putting aside the extraneous stuff --and we haven't even mentioned the shimmy-- RHJ is a breath of fresh air in the Nets locker room. He may not be a game-changer yet, but there's no doubt the team plays better with him in the lineup, doing everything required and a little more. A building block in a down year.
The issue, of course, will opponents be watching his back.
- Rondae Hollis-Jefferson puts his back into being successful with Nets - Rod Boone - Newsday
- Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is The Brooklyn Bandit - David Vertsberger - Hardwood Paroxysm
- Rondae Hollis-Jefferson shines for struggling Nets - Devin Kharpertian - The Brooklyn Game
Nets rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has a tattoo of himself on his back - Dan Devine - Yahoo! Sports