Re: How to Identify a Hater in Disguise
posted at 10/4/2013 9:07 PM EDT
In response to BostonTrollSpanker's comment:
First off, you're not a hater El Dunker, you're a Celts fan with a passionate and strong opinion. Being called a hater would not be fair.
However, when you say:
" think Rondo is over-rated. I don't like Rondo's affect on the team. I don't like his petulant behavior. I hope Rondo is traded. - That is my honest opinion. "
It is not hatred but it is an opinion driven from what I can tell by emotionalism rather than a more balanced view of pros and conts. The fact is that Rondo has played very well in big games, particularly during the playoffs. You also failed to mention Rondo wants badly to win, enough that he was attempting some assistant coaching on the sidelines last year.
You could still be critical of Rondo, heavily critical, and also acknowledge his strengths. It would make your opinion more interesting and carry more weight. All players have pros and cons. Rondo for example may be overrated (depends on who you ask) but he is not overpaid, he would be if he is on a max contract, but he is not.
I think Rondo took to heart the way the team seemed liberated and passed the ball better after he went out. I think he deserves the chance to show that he learned his lesson from that.
Either way, I suspect Ainge will play him for a while and see if he can establish his value. Then he is sure to listen to offers. Finally, I think point guards are overrated in general - not just Rondo but the position. Since Magic Johnson and Isiah which points guards have led their team to championships? None.
Spanker, I have described what I believe are Rondo's strengths in many posts. In fact I posted a a specific strengths and weaknesses thread. To reiterate:
Rondo is a superb passer. Assist records. (but occasionally gets careless, ie. high turn-over rate)
Rondo knows how to play excellent defense. all pro two years ago (but he has been aweful recently)
Rondo brings the team energy (but sometimes he shuts it down especailly against weaker teams)
Rondo is effective driving to the hoop.
Rondo is an excellent rebounder for a guard
Rondo plays very well in playoff games.
Rondo has passion (sometimes this is good, but sometimes bad when he can't control his temper)
There may be more positives, but I do not believe that Rondo consistently displays his strengths. And his weaknesses (which I will not summarize) out-weigh his strengths, IMO, especially moving into his big contract year.