Rajon Rondo’s defensive prowess was rewarded with a spot on the NBA’s First Team All-Defense, and his selection satisfied Doc Rivers. (ESPNBoston)
“He deserved it, he’s worked at it, and it’s a great honor for him,” said Rivers. “You know, he took it in stride. He’s like, ‘Great,’ but I love the way he took it, he’s more focused on the playoffs now than some individual honor. But, listen, when you’re first-team in anything in this league, it’s a hell of an honor.”
Informed that Rondo finished with the second-most votes, Rivers smiled and added, “I didn’t know that. That’s good. I don’t even know who votes.”
You don’t even know who votes, Doc? Let me give you a hint: It was you. The coaches vote for the spots on the All-Defensive teams. I’m all for forgetting things once in a while; just yesterday I forgot to turn in a paper that was due a week ago this past Monday. But man, Doc’s case of forgetfulness is pretty bad. I mean, he’s only voted for the All-Defensive teams for the past 11 years.
And Doc isn’t the only one being forgetful.
“It’s an honor,” said Rondo. “I’m excited, it’s one of my goals that I set for at the beginning of the year and I accomplished it.”
Rondo later joked, “It strokes my ego,” before turning serious. “It’s something I’ve worked for in the [four] years since I came into the league. Last year, I think made third team or something like that. I was striving to get better and my goal was to make the first team.”
To be fair, Rondo saying that he thinks he made third team might not be forgetful. He may just not give a damn that there are only two All-Defensive teams. To make sure everyone’s facts are straight, he made Second Team last year.
Glad it meant so much to him that he remembered it, too.