Re: Rondo haters are you glad he is back now?!
posted at 1/7/2011 9:02 PM EST
In Response to Re: Rondo haters are you glad he is back now?!
[QUOTE]Bailey, Bird is my favorite Celtic and Boston athlete of all time. He through determination and hard work became a basketball player that did the impossible with regularity. I am sad for Pud that behind that poker face of Rondo he does not see the desire and grit this kid has. Of course he will improve his shooting and with his genius basketball IO (just as Bird had) he will become one of the great players. Will he become as great as Bird? That is a tall order but who can predict the future.
Posted by concord27[/QUOTE]
Nobody else in the league plays with 4 starters who are going to the hall of fame on the very first ballot.
He has made 16 free throws in 34 games; the good point guards make about 5 per game. Why do they make about 5 per game? They go to the hoop, they are part of the offense, they don't pound the ball into the floor hoping someone will get open and provide him with an assist.
He is a terrible finisher and gets by on athleticisim.
He is very simply the worst shooter in the league but to his credit he realizes it and pounds the ball into the floor until an assist opportunity opens up.
He routinely passes up wide open uncontested jumpers and on the rare occasions he does take a jumper he also routinely misses them.
Give Gilbert Arenas and a whole host of other point guards wide open uncontested jumpers and he makes 90% of them, Rondo barely catches iron most of the time.
He is an automatic double team - the opponent's coach says let Rondo beat us and who is it most important for us to double team - Rondo, the automatic double team.
Are the Bulls one of the best teams in the league with Rondo? Absolutely not.
Are the Celtics worse with Rose? Absolutely not.
Rondo's assists come from the fact that he cannot shoot, will not shoot, and plays with 4 hall of famers.
There is a minimum of a dozen other point guards who step in for Rondo and they are no worse off and in many cases a lot better.
Those that cannot see this are simply laundry routers that really cannot quite comprehend basketball.
There was a playoff game last year with Orlando that went to overtime and Jameer Nelson came out and took and made 2 3s on consecutive possessions. Rondo would have been pounding the ball into the floor, causing 3 second violations and dribbling and waiting for someone to get open and provide him with an assist opportunity.
Imagine Rondo with some players who are not going straight to the hall of fame unanimously on the very first ballot..... 5 assists, 30% from the floor, 30% from the line, never taking a 3 and a back up to most of the point guards in the league.