For probably the first time in his life, Rajon Rondo is in danger of being cut from a basketball team. But he’s got some things going for him. Speed, defensive tenacity and an impressive knowledge of the game, to name a few. (ESPN)
With coach Mike Krzyzewski putting an emphasis on finding players who are capable of playing multiple positions, it is a negative for Rondo that he is pigeonholed as a pure point guard — one with a highly unreliable jump shot and a history of being unable to knock down free throws. But Rondo can certainly defend. He led the league in steals last season despite Rivers’ pleadings to knock off the risky stuff.
“First of all, I love his ball pressure and his tenacity,” Krzyzewski said. “He and Westbrook are elite in that. As a point guard if you’re putting on that pressure, the very first thing is you want guys playing passing lanes behind you. If we can coordinate that denial, and everyone is out in the passing lanes instead of playing back, maybe you can hedge and maybe you can gamble a little bit more.”
Go read the rest of Chris Sheridan’s story. It’s a good one. And let’s hope Rondo makes the team. Either that or let’s hope he gets cut, finds some rest, and then spends next season proving why he should have made the squad. I’m happy with either outcome, but for Rondo’s sake I want him on the squad.