Re: Rajon Rondo to be executed at dawn
posted at 11/2/2010 8:11 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Rajon Rondo to be executed at dawn
[QUOTE]and for someone who is has first team all nba defensive qualities, he does not function as such every night. the maddening thing about rondo is that if you consider each thing of what he CAN DO, the fact that he hasn't put it all together yet in 5 years is ...... confounding. his shot stroke has been panned as more than adequate by multiple HOF / shot experts. so what gives? 82 games a year plus the playoffs, he should: 1) shut down the opposing PG with his superior quickness on offense and defense 2) dictate tempo of a game from start to finish 3) score at will - he is definitely a good enough scorer to possibly lead the team. and no matter what everyone says about that not being his role, this team with the aged 3 needs MORE AND MORE from the rest of the roster. imagine if rondo tossed in 16 or 17 a night EVERY night and shut down his counter part EVERY night, like he easily could. the aged 3 would have to work less and have the best chances of having something left for the playoffs. if ray and kg played 27 minutes a game because rondo was leading blowouts so many nights this year they didn't HAVE to play any longer we would have the BEST chance of winning it all, against all odds of aging in the nba. 4) lead the league in steals by a COUNTRY MILE- if rondo utilized his superior quickness and hands with more sound defenisve basics (read: cut down on the gambling) he could probably average 3.5 to 4 steals a game all season long 5) be a good enought threat for ALL FOUR quarters of the game to keep defenses honest on his outside shot and NEVER put his game to sleep for fear of free throws if 1-5 are true then rondo becomes not only the best point guard in the league but i'd say an mvp candidate. coaches across the nation would be faced wth trying to find extraordinary solutions for one of the biggest pests in an opposing uniform they have likely seen play ever. and if other teams start making special adjustments to try to stop rondo, the aged 3 are still savvy and able enough to exploit those changes and be presented with easier scoring opportunites than ever after rondo and the team break down the special adjustments for rondo. THAT is how much i think of who you say i think should be executed @ dawn. if rondo simply completes his game and trims his ego down so that his efforts are consistent in all facets of the game, this team gets so much better it's not even funny. however, if rondo is on course to mature when DJ did, at age 28, then he is no good to this team. or, if you're willing to unconditionally wait around that long, you're admitting to yourself that this season is being played for naught. we have no chance w/o a consistent scoring threat of a point guard. once rondo began hibernating in the lakers series it was so hard to watch our guys have to struggle through a fast handed kobe sagging and cheating on D. it sank our team. so it's your choice, i want to win now- it's our best chance compared to coming off a rebuild. and i don't care what rondo becomes later. i need him all here now. if he isn't by the trading deadline, i'd seriously entertain a trade for a point guard who might not be as fast or flashy, but could get the all around job done.
Posted by aciemvp[/QUOTE]
What Rondo did with Team USA by withdrawing late in the face of getting axed
is the perfect metaphor for what he does frequently (against the Lakers in the 2010 finals for example) when he begins to disconnect from the contest or series and shuts down/loses his confidence for fear of having to confront his all-to-obvious (but not to himself, of course) demon. He can't shoot!
Acie calls it "hibernate." Its basically quitting the competition to protect his ego from a threat that he simply cannot handle, the threat of being forced to confront his shortcoming... that He can't shoot
He turned the Team USA venture (about which he suddenly had deep ambivalence???) over to his teammates for completion and disappeared just like he does when he flips the ball to CPP late in the game and he and his swagger similarly disappear.
It is the flip side
of the strutting, dominating, hotdoggin',tash-talkin', ultra confident, open court magician that we frequently see playing PG in the first half of ballgames but who inexplicably transforms himself when needed the most, when the game is on the line... into a ghost/spectator
... to avoid having to confront the reality that.... He simply cannot shoot
Until he screws up the courage to confront his demons, instead of running away, there is little chance that Rondo will grow as a player into his full potential.