Brotha E: Best guard in the league PERIOD! (E must have temporarily forgotten about Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade)
Croshere: Rondo has become ridiculous. If he can start hitting 18-footers, he could be the best player in the game. I said it.
Snake: Ill say it again. Rajon Rondo will go down as the greatest point guard EVER!
*Hopefully putting my friends texts on the internet for all to see will not dissuade them from texting me in the future.
[image-1]Now clearly my friends drink a lot but its nice to see theyre as prone to exaggeration as your average television sports analyst. Heck, even Magic Johnson called Rondo the best all-round point guard in the league. Last time I checked, Earvin knows a little something about the position. But thats the kind of response Rondo elicits from the basketball community.
As a college athlete at Kentucky, Rondo could fill a stat sheet. He averaged eleven points, six assists and five rebounds his sophomore year. But nobody, other than maybe Rondo himself, expected this kind of production. Hes a scrawny kid from Louisville, 190 pounds soaking wet, who has become the leader, dare I say best player, on a team that features three, perhaps four, future Hall of Famers.
But why all the love? Weve seen point guards dominate the post-season before.
Then it hit me.
At the risk of sounding either cheesy or overly patriotic, Rajon Rondos style of play embodies the American spirit. Think about it. Rondo outhustles. Rondo outworks. Rondo outsmarts. Rondo gives it his all. Rondo sacrifices for the greater good. Rondo came from nowhere to exceed all expectations. He makes those around him better. Rondo represents everything that should be on a basketball court.
[image-2]One need only look at a pivotal point in Game Three of the Orlando series, when Rondo, like Havlicek and Bird before him, dove after a loose ball that his opponent was clearly in better position for, then not only recovered it, but scored. If these playoffs are remembered for one play alone, that will be the one.
The irony of Rajon Rondo is that he demands your attention as a fan, yet continuously loses those assigned to defend him. Hes flashy in an unassuming way, completing no-look or behind the back passes only as needed. Hes the most frail of his teammates yet plays larger than them all. He directs traffic and dictates tempo. His effort is contagious. Hes the hardest-working guy on the floor and thats what America loves.
Rajon Rondo may or may not be the best point guard in the league but hes definitely in the conversation. One thing, however, is indisputable. At 24 years old, he already has one more ring than LeBron James and maybe more than that when its all said and done.