Re: all the Rondo haters...chew on this...
posted at 3/4/2012 8:33 PM EST
" He has the talent to be one of the all-time best but he doesn't seem to care enough about honing the fundamentals so that he can reach full potential. "
Your analysis is wrong here, just like your delusion that Antoine Walker could have been Karl Malone with more time in the gym.
Here's where the Rondo critics are right: he's shown some real attitude problems and inconsistencies in play. You could even argue effort or keeping his head in the game has been a problem. That's 100 percent correct and not to my liking either.
I get the sense he is turning the corner with his mental game and it's encouraging to hear he has good commnication with both Doc and Danny to continue to improve.
But as far as him becoming a consistent shooter, well, the assumption that it's just practice that will resolve this, or the assupmption that he's not working hard enough, just doesn't hold up. My understanding is Rondo does work hard on his shooting stroke in the offseason. But, it's never going to be his great strength. Some guys are gifted shooters, some have amazing court vision like Rondo. It's rarely the same person. Rondo does need to hit the clutch free throws though.
The layup line, on the other hand, he needs to hit his layups a bit more consistently there's no doubt about that.
I have trouble with the Rondo lovers and Rondo haters. Rondo has had a rough season, no doubt about it. To claim he had a bad game tonight is insane. He had a great game, when it was winning time he made the plays. I would not, however, call it a historically great game despite the huge stats only because he did miss a number of gimmes. So it wasn't historically great, but it was darned exciting and still a great team win for this season.
Trading him for value I can get behind if there is true value. Trading him just to get rid of him is crazy.