Re: Truth about Rondo
posted at 8/16/2010 1:50 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Truth about Rondo
[QUOTE]....That might not get much better, cuz whatever he doing aint working.. He did good on ft's against Miami n 2st round, and then after one miss, he went downhill, Its all mental at this point, as he showed he can do it, and then regressed again...someone has to stay on him about his mechanics
which are horrible, and his jumpshot, he releases on the way down...another horrible habit, which should be an easy fix,
Posted by patsfan76[/QUOTE]
you have it right there my friend.
the lad has plenty of physical coordination skills as evidenced by the ability to hit crazy trick shots that he IS clearly interested in- and I'm not here saying that they are just silly- they are in fact difficult and are part of the havoc machine that rondo embodies when his game is "on". however, the mundane freebie and the oh so humdrum open jumpers don't have that same allure to him and hence no mastery.you (if you know about shooting) can see that rondo's basic mechanics when he is hitting are GOOD ENOUGH for him to be respectable and i daresay 75% FT% and respectable jump shooter (to keep teams honest)
- it's all waiting for him as soon a he wants to buckle down and get consistent with it.
this only happens through hard work and repetitions. rubbing sweat from mark prices' jersey onto your shooting hand won't do it.
unfortunately, although rondo's discipline in this crucial facet of the game has "waited" through four years of lousy FT shooting and hesitant open jumper shooting, his contract extension did NOT wait
. this was a gigantic mistake on the part of ainge in talent appraisal and management.
in fact, rondo becoming a starter at all
while being a brickmaster free throw shooting and incomplete player was the first travesty in talent management. only a few "pre-exalted" head cases who rarely eventually used to make it to greatness (read: complete and elite game skills) are ushered through the system on a magic carpet ride like that.
so the cards are stacked against rondo- in that he has been a no-threats-starter for three years now and has never been yanked from a game even when he visibly tanked it on defense in a few games a year or two ago and has been so bad that we have acutally seen hack-a-rondo occasionaly.
so what are the repurcussions if he doesn't get any better at the basics? absolutley nothing now. maybe he costs himself a max contract later. but nothing is going to ring his bell into getting it done now but himself.
this is what i miss from the old days. guys just had to get solid (and fast!) before they were handed the keys- or they didn't get them and were traded around the league, didn't make big $ and eventually wore out their welcome no matter how quick and flashy they were. not so much any more.
a modern example of this was tony parker- came into the league with a quakey J and a weak FT but the spurs told him, and probably tortured him into getting those things to an acceptable level HIS FIRST SUMMER- that's right- following his rook year- and parker has never looked back from keeping D's honest, he ain't great at shooting outside, but he's okay, and he's always been over 70% since his ROOKIE YEAR.
i'm really sorry we didn't do the same, becuase i think rondo could be better than parker ever was, and probably the best PG in the league the next five years, but not w/o the basics.