Re: Cue The Rondo Hate....
posted at 3/7/2011 4:00 PM EST
In Response to Re: Cue The Rondo Hate....
Rondo doubters: You will never stop but I will give it a try. The guy is entitled to have an off game or even several during the course of a long season. Those who never cease to compare him unfavorably to his peers who score more. Remember the main function of point guard is not to be a scorer but a distributor. Does Russell Westbrook distribute as well as Rondo? If he was on this team you actually think the sum of it parts(the Celtics)would thrive under more with Westbrook? Rondo is playing too many minutes. Other point guards do not have to play nearly as many minutes as he does now with West's injury and Nate's departure. And if they do, Rondo almost always outplays them at key junctures in latter parts of the game. The idea that Rondo haters will ever admit to being wrong is an impossibility but the idea that they cannot admit that Rondo is the best suited PG for the Celtics is what I cannot fathom. He was off last night. That is not in question. His body of work speaks loudly for itself.
Posted by concord27
Does Westbrook distribute as well as Rondo? hmmm..... no he scores, he is actually part of the offense, he knows he can score, he shoots the ball, he goes to the line and makes 80%. He is the only player in the league averaging 23 ppg, 8 assts, and 5 boards.
There are still those of you that somehow feel Rondo is giving up some portion of his game to make the team better. The reality of the situation is Doc told him he needs to shoot more and be more aggressive getting the ball to the hoop and his shooting percentage has come down and his assists have come down.
He hates the extra pass because it ensures he won't get an assist and also ensures that he will go an hide in the corner and beg for the ball all the while hoping nobody passes him the ball and one were able to watch games objectively one would see that once the ball is out of Rondo's hands his teammates do not even consider him an option unless or until the shotclock forces them to give up the ball to someone where nobody is within 15 feet.
With Westbrook someone is within 2 feet of him at all times but they are generally working on spelling Westbrook not Oklahoma City, in other words they are looking at his back not in front of him.
Keep trying to put qualifiers on Rondo's game - Westbrook is not as good a distributor (but more than 3 years younger), Deron Williams is not a good teammate but better in every single category that anyone could possibly imagine, I think I read earlier today C Paul is somehow injury prone - what an absolute joke, and so on and so forth.
The reality remains Rondo is very limited and posters constantly try to put qualifiers on his game to keep him in the discussion as one of the elite point guards.
Other than the most recent explosion (16 points or something like that) he is averaging about 6 ppg in the last half dozen is routinely outplayed by his opponent.
Give Rondo Michael Redd who has basically not played in over a year, Bogut who has never really recovered from last year's injuries, someone with 5 or 6 names that ends in Moute, Brockman, Salmons, and you will see Rondo jacking up 4 for 19, shooting 3s at a rate of 10%, 50% from the line and averaging about 5 assists.
Let the excuses begin.