As I am writing this I’m watching Daniel Paille, a 4th liner from the Bruins, fighting for a puck against the boards as if his life depends on it. Two minutes later, Nathan Horton, who should probably be dead after last year, scored the game-tying goal with 4 minutes to go in the 3rd period. I’m reminded how much better of a product the NHL gives all of us, as opposed to its counterpart the NBA.
I love basketball, and I love the Celtics, but I just can’t stand that I have to root for people like Rajon Rondo. First of all, the NBA is the only league where less than 5 teams can win the title every year. Who can honestly say they can win the NBA championship going into this year? Miami, Oklahoma City, Lakers, San Antonio? Who else? In baseball there are at least 10 teams that could win any given year, and we get a new champion every year. Football and Hockey? Same ish. Even the Celtics, who nearly made the NBA finals, really had no shot from the beginning.
The NBA and their promoters at ESPN glorify dooshnozzles with no souls, like Rondo, Dwight Howard, and Chris Paul. It’s pretty much common practice for them to pout when they don’t get their way, take a dive when they want a foul, cry to the referees when they don’t get their way, overplay injuries for the cameras, and demand to be traded to a warm-weather city whenever their sensitive feelings get hurt. ESPN is just as guilty. What’s on Sports Center every night? CRAZY DUNKS YO!!!!! They never tell us who won the games that these incredible dunks happened in, but they make sure to show it to us 30 times an hour, and then make a list of the best slama-dama-ding-dong dunks.
They always tell us the crazy stat lines they put up. We’re constantly reminded that Dwight Howard had 20 rebounds and 10 blocks. Likewise we’ve been reminded time and time again that Rondo has 18 career triple-doubles (double digits in pts, rebounds, and assists)!! As if this matters at all. The Celtics are 2-3 in those amazing games of his this year. And who can forget Rondo’s streak of 37 straight games with an assist? We know he didn’t forget!! During this fraudulent and meaningless streak he constantly passed up open layups and shots in order to make more dangerous passes. He even insisted that he bet left in a game on November 19th, when the Celtics were down 20 points in the 4th quarter with 2 minutes to go, because he had 9 assists.
Yes, in a game when the Celtics were losing by 20, Rondo’s mind was on a meaningless streak. What a leader!!!
Think of how stupid and meaningless “double-digits” mean for stats. Why is 10 so much better than 9? Because it requires 2 digits to write it out? Man, if the NBA used binary numbering just think of what Rondo’s stats would look like!!!
As Herm Edwards famously told us, “You play to win the game”. Rondo? He plays to set meaningless records that some other selfish fraud will go out of his way to break in a couple years.
I just can’t take it from all the Rondo supporters anymore. I apologize to my friend StePHen Charest, Magic Johnson, Chris Broussard, and Michael Wilbon. I get that Rondo’s numbers are out of this world. His athletic ability is as good as anyone in the NBA. He should be the best player on a team that wins 75% of its games. He may be the best overall player on the Celtics, but he’s not leading them to victories, and he certainly seems like winning is as much of a priority to him as acting is for Channing Tatum. It’s not on his priority list. Tim Duncan wins. But Chris Broussard doesn’t obsess about The Big Fundamental’s, fundamentals. Instead Broussard is constantly reminding us (in the most annoying voice possible), that RAAAjon RONNdo is a triple-double machine that the Celtics can’t replace. He never mentions that Rondo is a donkey who hasn’t produced victories for the Celtics this year. Chris must not look at the standings and notice that the legendary RONNNdo has led the Celtics to a record below .500.
What Magic and Morons aren’t mentioning is that the NBA is filled with players that can score. Given that, the great players are those that can both score AND stop their man from scoring. Rondo’s defense is atrocious. Yet FSR (for some reason) he is regarded as a top defender by NBA fans. To show you what a joke NBA awards are, he has made the NBA All-defensive team 4 times. I’ve never seen anyone with his physical ability do less defensively on a basketball court.
Want specifics of what makes Rondo such an overrated foolchild? The Celtics are 22-13 without Rondo, which is roughly the same winning percentage they have with him in the lineup. Here are 5 classic Rondo games from this year. I’ll give you Rondo’s stat line vs. the opposing teams point guard (you know, the guy he’s supposed to defend) All were Celtics losses:
( +/- is a team’s point differential when a player is on the floor)
1. January 22nd; Cleveland 95, Boston 90.
- Rondo: 17 points, 10 boards, 13 assists (triple double), 5 turnovers, 0 steals, 2 fouls -10.
- Kyrie Irving: 40 points, 16-24 (67%) field goals, +11
Conclusion: The Cavs are terrible, and despite Rondo’s triple double, he failed to play any defense as seen by his 0 steals, 2 fouls, and absurd field goal percentage for Irving. The Celtics lost by 5 in a game when they were outscored by 10 points with Rondo on the floor.
2. January 20th; Detroit 103, Boston 88.
- Rondo: 8 points, 9 boards, 15 assists, 9 turnovers!!, 4-16 field goals, 0 free throws, -3.
- Brandon Knight: 15 points, 5 assists, 6 rebounds, +14.
Conclusion: The Pistons are terrible and Knight is young and unproven. Rondo nearly had a triple-double and the Celtics lost by 15. The 9 turnovers resulted in multiple scoring opportunities for Detroit.
3. January 16th; New Orleans 90, Boston 78.
- Rondo: 7 points, 11 assists, 3 rebounds, 0 fouls, -5.
- Grievis Vazquez: 15 points, 11 rebounds, +10.
Conclusion: Riding a 6 game winning streak and playing at home against one of the worst teams in the NBA led by a guy named Greivis, the Celtics lost by 10. Oh yea, but Rondo got double digit assists!! That’s what’s important. He was really aggressive on defense too, as you can see from his 0 fouls.
4. January 2nd; Memphis 93, Boston 83.
- Rondo: 11 points, 10 assists, 0-4 from 3 point line, 0 steals, 3 turnovers, 1 foul, -5.
- Mike Conley: 23 points, 9 assists, 8-15 field goals, +15.
Conclusion: Memphis is a better team than the Celtics because they have a better point guard than the Celtics. Another double-digit assist night that was good for nothing because he created no turnovers and didn’t play aggressive defense as evidenced by his 1 foul and Conley’s scoring line and plus/minus.
5. December 30th; Sacramento 118, Celtics 96.
- Rondo: 2 points, 10 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 turnovers, 1 steal, 1 foul, 1-6 field goals, -25!!
- Isaiah Thomas: 27 points, 5 assists, 4 boards, 10-15 (67%) field goals, +20.
Conclusion: This was Rondo’s worst game of the year. Not coincidentally this is the worst loss for the Celtics this year. The Kings are a disgrace to basketball. The only time we should hear their name is when they are threatening to be moved to Seattle. The plus/minus says it all, and proves what a joke Rondo is. Thomas is a 5’ 9” second year player. You don’t have to watch the tape from this game to realize that Rondo gave absolutely zero effort towards playing defense in this game, but made sure he got that double digit assist total.
This is just a small sample of how overrated Rondo is. Will the Celtics be a playoff team without him? Maybe, maybe not. Bottom line is though, if this were really a big loss we’d all be a lot more certain that they won’t be. Sorry Philly fans, this might actually work against you!!
Number 1 Rondo fan appears at 1:22: http://www.csnne.com/sportsnetNewEngland/search/v/38786396/ss-hey-felger-tanguay-1-31-10.htm
Rondo may be a talented basketball player, but give me the desire, passion and lock-down defense of StePHen Charest any day of the week over this chump!!!
Do you think Rondo is as useless as I do? Share your thoughts and feel free to tell me how wrong I am!!