Re: Rondo problem
posted at 1/9/2013 10:36 PM EST
In response to shamrock1000's comment:
you clearly have already made up your mind about rondo, and watch the game with an eye for finding his faults. focus like that on any player, and its eady to pick apart their game. fortunately, rondo's numbers over the last several years paint a different, more objective picture, i.e. one that portrays an extraordinarily valuable player.
not sure what you're smoking, but it must be STRONG!!
rondo is in his SEVENTH YEAR with this team and remains a lackadaisical defense player who gambles too much for steals and at other times just doesn't try. doc has stated for years now that "rondo runs this team"- as in doc IS NOT calling each play each time up the floor.
so the incompleteness of rondo's game leads to him ball-hogging so he doesn't have to go hide in the corner since he can't/won't hid the outside J consistently and keep his man honest.
the stats paint a picture of a point guard who almost COULD be elite- you can never be an elite point guard shooting right around 60% FT's and NOT using all of your physical gifts to your advantage. rondo should be 5 FTA's per game due to his quickness, however, much of the time he acts like if he drove to draw a foul his limbs might fall off. that's how badly he doesn't want to shoot free throws.
sure he'll try a LITTLE MORE in the playoffs but since the "hot streak" is not a normal occurrence, he falls flat every time. they used to call this sandbaggin' and players used to NOT get 10 million per year extensions until they could shoot free throws straight (for point guards). and be a complete player.
but rondo was special, so we pre-paid him for that "complete all around game" potential that has never transformed into actual achievment- offensively or defensively. steals stats based on gambling is one thing. being a good sniffer outer of pass alleys and getting steals without letting your man loose to drive the lane totally unguarded is something else.
the latter is most of what rondo STILL DOES to this day on D