Re: Rajon Rondo and the Shots Not Taken
posted at 2/15/2011 5:38 PM EST
In Response to Re: Rajon Rondo and the Shots Not Taken
[QUOTE]Django may be missing a finger... but Rondo has the shot . We've seen it in practice. We've seen it when he competes in H-O-R-S-E. We've seen it early on in games or maybe at garbage time or as the clock is expiring. What he is missing is confidence to take/make/miss the meaningful shot... and that's the difference between a D-leaguer and an NBA player, a bench player and a starter, an average player and a star. My belief is that confidence is something you either have or you don't have. If you don't have it as an athlete by the mid 20's, you are for all intents and purposes with rare exceptions.... SOL. Pud
Posted by puddinpuddin[/QUOTE]
All I know is that when things were tough against the Heat and da troof was obviously not feeling well Rondo stepped up and had an almost Rose like game - didn't he drop 30 against the Heat?
Most of the posters are absolutely - Rondo cannot be guarded but that is where they end the sentence.... they leave out the following Rondo cannot be guarded when nobody intends to guard him....
they are the 20th scoring offense in the league and only against Dallas and the Lakers recently have they scored over 100 - in their most recent losses Rose, Kidd, Wall, Brooks, etc. have outplayed Rondo and he has shown especially recently that he is, has been, and will be the worst shooter in the league.
What is really funny to me is that Doc has told Rondo that he needs to be more aggressive shooting and getting to the rim - um Doc he missed just about every shot that was not within 2 feet of the hoop and missed all but one of his freebies...... every pass by Rondo is a good pass.....
All of that said, the Cs are, when healthy, obviously the best team in the league. It had to be demoralizing for the Heat to know that the Cs were missing their starting center, Pierce sick, and all the other injuries that they were not able to beat the Cs.
There are 3 teams built for the playoffs / finals.... the Cs, the Lakers, and the Mavs.... I will be stunned if one of them is not the champ. The dark horse is da Buhz.... they have the MVP, they went the first 20 games or so without their 2nd best player and have gone the last 30 or so without their best defender and are still within striking distance.
The Heat, Magic, and Hawks are pretenders but will win lots of games during the regular season.
There are those intelligent people that realize, like last year in the finals, like last year in the US team, Rondo's inability to shoot does not result in some sort of "nobody can guard Rondo"..."Rondo is unstoppable"..."Rondo runs the team" concept.... the smart people realize that as we have all seen when people are not playing well or out injured Rondo does not get his assists and obtw he is ignored and continues to be the worst shooter in the league.
I keep reading how Rondo is the best point guard in the league but I also keep seeing that nobody has anywhere near the talent surrounding them but any number of other point guards putting as good if not better numbers.
Try to keep in mind that when Stockton put up back to back seasons of over 14 assists (which Rondo will not do) he also averaged 17 ppg, shot over 50% (not Rondo's fabricated - lay up only 50%), over 40% from 3 and over 80% from the line.
As I have said any number of times any shot not taken by Rondo is a good shot.