Look, I don’t trust that Rondo withdrew from Team USA for family problems. Earlier today, he said he was on the bubble for being cut. Then came this, also earlier, from Coach K: “It’s not so much what Rajon has to show, it’s what our team needs. We’ve found a good lineup, and the international game is so different from the NBA game, you can ask any of these guys. Part of it is to make sure that we try not to have two non-shooters out on the court, and there’s the physicality, too.”
And now, after those two quotes and Rondo’s DNP against Spain, I’m supposed to believe that Rajon Rondo “withdrew” from Team USA? Child please. He was cut, and I won’t believe otherwise unless Rondo says so himself. And now he’ll be as motivated as ever to do exactly what he did to Derrick Rose in the ’08 playoffs: torch him. All the other guards who made the team, too.
I’m a Duke fan, but now I hate Coach K. Eff him. Eff Team USA. Eff Derrick Rose, eff Stephen Curry, eff Eric Gordon, eff Chauncey Billups, eff Russell Westbrook. Eff y’all if you doubt Rondo. He was the best guard on Team USA, I’ll say it proudly. Eff the World Championships, I don’t want Team USA to win. I’m outty. Tell Coach K something he doesn’t know about me.
Or at least tell him something he doesn’t know about Rondo. Because Coach K is missing the boat on this one. I don’t care that Rondo didn’t look good against Lithuania. I don’t care that he can’t shoot. He’s the smartest basketball player Doc Rivers has ever coached and he’s a damn winner. Coach K screwed up. Big time. And I don’t think it makes me un-patriotic that I now want Team USA to finish out of the medal race.