words & images // Zac Dubasik
A couple years back, NDP took advantage of an opportunity to post an out-of-context quote of mine on Twitter regarding Rondo being the "best point guard in the NBA." As expected, I was promptly criticized by roughly 99% of the responses.
I don't know that the context would have mattered that much at the time anyway, but what I'd actually said is that I thought Rondo was the best all-around point guard in the League, was my favorite to watch, and that when we look back at the end of his career, he'll have more success than the era's other top names.
I believed it then, and I believe it now. You may still not agree with my original quote, but, thanks to his spectacular play, it doesn't sound nearly as outlandish now as it did when I first said it.
I typically am drawn to players for funny reasons, but Rondo's game actually pulled me in for all the right ones: he can distribute, score (sometimes at least), rebound, and plays defense. And not only that, it seems like every time I watch him, I end up seeing something I've never seen done in a basketball game. Sometimes it's a phenomenal play; sometimes it's Rondo doing "Rondo things."
Other than the occasional bad pass, there's not a thing about my game that replicates Rondo's. But watching him do things like these makes me excited to go out and play myself:
- Doing something wacky following every won tip-off
- Throwing a no-look, over the shoulder lob to Kenneth Faried
- A rare dunk, while Chris Bosh watches
- Akwardly endorsing an off-brand of an already ridiculous product
- Sitting on his opponents shoulders after posterizing them
- Walking in to opposing teams huddles
- Strangely tying his shoes
For those above reasons, along with adding credibility to my belief of him being the best in the League, this adidas REV30 Rondo jersey was a must-have addition to my collection. I also like to stick with the away jerseys for teams, and it doesn't get more basic and simple than the Celtics' classic green and white getup.
Regardless of where you place Rondo on your list of top point guards, there's no denying the fact that he's become one of the League's most exciting players. Will he be able to help the Celtics close out the series tonight against the Heat?