Re: To All The Rondo Haters
posted at 12/14/2010 11:59 AM EST
In Response to Re: To All The Rondo Haters
[QUOTE]I'll take you all on, dumb smucks. oldtimerceltfan articulates the non-imaginative side of this non-issue at least as well as acie. for a more enlightened take, here's Cs legend tom "satch" sanders' in today's boston herald... http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/basketball/celtics/view/20101214satch_rajon_rondo_beyond_compare/
Posted by BaileyPowe[/QUOTE]
yeah. well, satch has spent a little too much time gazing at his belly button to think that russell and rondo have the same type of mystique about them and disparity in public perception vs. reality.
it was common for big men to be bad FT shooters in russell's day. but there was never hack a russell. russell changed, nay, transformed the game for the team he played for by psychologically dictating the tone of the game, having a consistent killer instinct and a never ending intensity.
you can't really say any of those things about rondo, because as soon as a game goes slow-down, no matter how great rondo may have looked (and he can look that way in a havoc tempo game), he largely disappears. to say that he's misunderstood because of his perceived negative points is a cop out.
rarely did you see russell's man other than wilt going for a big night.
you see rondo's go for big nights a lot! see ty lawson's recent career double birthday game vs. the c's when he made rondo look like chopped liver, crossed him over harder than a Christmas bow a couple times.
russell never gambled on defense, he peformed on defense. period. it was a symphony of psychological assassination when russ played D.
when rondo decides to play good fundamental D, he is among the best. but he rarely does that, or fights over picks.
russell NEVER hesitated to do what was best for his team and he would sacrifice everything he had to get it done. rondo? he just stands there refusing to take the open jumper (or should i say takes 15-20% of them overall) and won't put himself into situations (draw contact on the drive) to practice the part of the game he lacks the most (FT).
in short, russell was a sturdy man intellectually, and brutally efficient functionally in what he did for his team.
and rondo on the other hand is weak of mind because he refuses, YEAR AFTER YEAR i might add, to step into the simple jumpers, conquer his demons, be as aggressive as he can in drawing fouls (he avoids it instead) and being the best he can be for the team.
if you don't believe me, then look at the similarities in FTA per game b/t beloved rondo and andris biedrins, a man who has confessed to be terrified of attempting free throws.
biedrins plays a lamb of an offensive game, or remains largely uninvolved most nights because he thinks he cannot shoot. his shot is not really that bad, it ain't pretty, but it's not as bad as his numbers tell you it is.
that's cuz he has a boogie man in his head. he shouldn't be 28% FTs, he should be at least 65%. so, instead he does other things, he is great at rebounding, but there is no reason he shouldn't be a double double machine.
just as rondo should not be 42%, but at least 73-75%. instead, rondo does other things, he over-passes and ends up with a lot of assists to cover up the other smell in his game. he gambles on D a whole lot to end up in the top 3 in steals in the league and people who just look at topical stats think that's great,
but it isn't so great for the team really. i've always said if rondo just got down low and played good fundamental D, he could go for 3.5 steals a night or more with no blow bys by his man.
so for russell, you have a man who was simply great for his team in all that he did and in rondo you have a player who boosts up a couple of stats (steals, dimes) that make him seem great to the casual observer, but anyone who actually watches the games knows how rondo hurts his team and is apopleptic about how much better rondo could be with just a small dosage of fundamentals.
sorry satch, i don't see any similarities b/t russ and rondo.