Re: To All The Rondo Haters
posted at 12/23/2010 1:11 PM EST
In Response to Re: To All The Rondo Haters
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: To All The Rondo Haters : Petey, As most of us did growing up "playing ball" and in other aspects of our individual lives, we continuously strive to get better at our chosen professions and activities. It is my belief that Rondo is no different, while you seem to project the opinion that he is not trying to improve upon his mid-range game or free throw shooting. Undeniably, you articulate a love for the Celtics, as do many on this site who constantly nag about the shortcomings of Rondo; however, to suggest Rondo is not making every effort to "perfect his game" and that he is not working "EVERYDAY perfecting ALL of his skills" appears to suggest that you have greater insight into his day-to-day routines and practice habits than the rest of us, wouldn't you agree ? So please tell me how many free throws he attempted and made at each of the last 10 practice sessions at which you observed? How many mid-range jumpers did he attempt daily during the offseason? More importantly, how many did he miss? It is my opinion after seeing all 27 games the Celtics have played during this regular season that his mid-range jumper looks to be improving, but he's not taking many shots so we don't get to see the KoMe the Ballhog 20+ shots a game or even the 15+ shots DWill often takes (usually making less than half). In an ideal world, practice would make perfect, but as we all know -- it's not an ideal world! I'd really like to know how many FTs Shaq, Wilt, Ben Wallace, and Dwight Howard shoot (or shot) on a daily basis and how that translates(ed) into improved FT shooting in the game. Wouldn't you agree that despite the best efforts of many of the NBA's premier players that none of them have pefected the art of FT shooting and many of them fall woefully short of the unattainable perfection. Additionally, I would love for Rondo to shoot more than the measly 51, 52, or 53 percent he's been shooting from the field in recent seasons, but when I compare it to his fellow point guards it doesn't look all that bad. Maybe if he could up his percentage from the field to about 80% we'd give him a break on his shooting woes, wouldn't you agree ? Maybe, just maybe, because I choose to accentuate the positive while not overlooking or grossly exaggerating some obvious deficiencies, makes me a little more realistic than some of the posters on this forum. Changing gears a bit, I often read your posts and don't disagree with much of what you opine. They are well thought out, succinct and promote positive dialogue. Until the next time and... As Always,
Posted by JamLock[/QUOTE]
JamLock, as always, great debating and I do enjoy reading your opinions too.
I would agree with you that I do not have any greater insight as to the practice habits of Rondo and the Celtics. But what you cannot argue with is THE RESULT. It stands to reason that if Rondo is shooting 200 free throws in practice and THIS is the result, then he should be shooting 500. You cannot argue that!
It affects his entire game too. How effective is a player who refuses to attack the rim for fear of having to shoot free throws if he's fouled? What other elite point guard (and Rondo is elite) in the NBA HAS NOT SHOT A FREE THROW IN THE MONTH OF DECEMBER? That is a very telling statistic! A player who is frequently left unguarded has not attempted a foul shot in the month of December. Unbelievable!
I agree with your point about FT shooting with Shaq, Wilt, Wallace and Howard. However, these guys do not possess the ball as much as Rondo. Rondo is the "engine that stirs the drink
" as said by Charles Barkley. Rondo is our floor general and when that floor general stays on the perimeter for fear of getting fouled and having to attempt foul shots, I find that unacceptable. There's work to be done - in practice!
I don't know how else I can accentuate the positive by acknowledging his prowness with assists and his uncanny knack for getting rebounds. But my mere acknowledgement of any deficiency causes an uproar and being tabbed a "hater" or "basher".
I love Rondo and I love his game and I feel he is a great leader of THIS Celtics team. But I think he'd be a much dangerous player for THIS Celtics team if he became a more consistent mid-range and free throw shooter.
I have seen a "MARKED IMPROVEMENT" in Big Baby's mid-range shooting and foul shooting. It is obvious that Baby worked on his shot and you can visibly see the improvement. That is what I'm saying we SHOULD see out of Rondo and his shooting.