Derrick Rose, you ain’t lying. Rose admitted what Celtics fans have known for awhile: Rajon Rondo is damn tough to defend. (But the Game is on)
“It’s hard,” Derrick Rose, who went up against Rondo in an epic seven game series to start off the 2008 NBA Playoffs and is now competing to play on Team USA with him, said about guarding Rondo. “Its very hard. He’s very quick. He’s got big hands so you gotta watch it, he’s very tricky … He’s kinda like a veteran player (in terms of his basketball IQ) and he’s been playing on a good team almost ever since he came into the NBA. (The Celtics) won the championship (in 2008), so he has a lot of experience as well.”
Rose also believes Rondo is in the upper echelon when it comes to NBA point guards.
“He’s one of (the best),” the 2008 NBA Rookie of the Year said. “There are a lot of point guards. All of them are better than me. I’m just trying to get up there. But he’s one of the best for sure.”
Look at Derrick, doing his best Kevin “The Humble Killer” Durant impression.
Anyway, read the rest of the story. It’s a nice piece on Rondo written by a 17-year old kid with credentials to the Team USA training camp. 17 years old, you ask? I know, I asked the same thing. When I was 17 I was egging people’s houses and ding-dong-and-ditching everyone in my neighborhood. Meanwhile, this kid’s a credentialed media member interviewing several of the best basketball players in the world. Not a bad gig.
P.S. – Rondo’s thoughts on the Heat?
“No.” When asked whether or not he was nervous about facing the new NBA’s newest trio, Rondo answered with a more definite: “Hell nah.”“Be nervous why?,” Rondo asked.
“I mean, I’m worried about the Lakers. That’s the team we have to beat. Miami looks really good on paper and I’m sure they’re gonna be good. But they gotta come together as a team. I’m not saying they won’t, but only those guys will tell. Of course they have a big target on their back with LeBron, Wade and Bosh, but its still a team game and its gonna take five guys.”
“They ain’t done nothing yet,” Rajon added with a chuckle. “They ain’t done nothing.”
Rondo’s lying though. There’s no way he’s worried about the Lakers.