Take away The Decision, take away the preseason rally, take away the mocking of Dirk Nowitzki during last year’s finals. Take away everything we’ve grown to hate about the Miami Heat, and it’s still tough to root for a player like this:
What Rajon Rondo said during halftime of Game 4 is spot on, and Lower The Rim commends him for it. The Heat play the refs more than they play the game, and if they wind up winning the championship it will be a black eye for the league.
You get the feeling that no matter what Doris Burke asked Rondo, this was going to be the answer…
Unfortunately Burke moved forward with the questioning without the presence of mind to follow up on the answer. Typical ESPN protocol: turn tail and run at the sight of anything remotely controversial.
Sadly, we saw Rajon Rondo don the headband once again today. While the trend is going out of style to begin with, Rajon should have never worn one in the first place. Maybe it’s because his head is so skinny, or maybe it’s just the type of headband he wears. Either way, he looks like he has an actual rope tied around his head. We are saddened that his relapse came during one of the all time monster point guard triple doubles. But for as bad as Rondo looks with his head rope, we know good and well that someone wore it much worse. We’ve beefed on this before, but observe the below clip and pick out the guy that looks like an absolute idiot.
In a surprising twist of fate, somebody is stopping the ball in New York, but it’s not Carmelo Anthony, and it’s not JR Smith. It’s the god-send himself, Jeremy Lin. The Knicks just polished off a 111-115 overtime loss to Boston, a game New York had in the bag before Paul Pierce knocked down an awkward looking trey near the end of regulation, and from there we observed the regression of Jeremy Lin. It appears the kid at least temporarily bought into his own hype, and during overtime fancied himself the team’s best scoring option. In a handful of bad possessions, we saw Lin darting to the rim with little regard for initiating any sort of ball movement, and all the while Carmelo Anthony was left open around the perimeter. What came of it was a barrage of bricks and air balls, while cutters and perimeter shooters could only watch. It remains to be seen what Anthony might have to say about this one, but we have to think he’s not all too happy with Lin. After all, it was Anthony who led the charge to erase a double digit deficit in the second half, and it was Lin who undid it all. He finished 6-16, with more turnovers than assists. Meanwhile Lower The Rim stud Rajon Rondo posted as massive a triple double as you’ll ever see from a point guard, scoring more than Lin, turning over the ball less, and dropping a mere 20 dimes in the process.
Lin is smart enough to push through this and correct his play. But as of right now, he’s been brought back to earth in a pretty resounding way.
With Rajon Rondo being heavily shopped, rumors are swirling regarding his potential destinations, and most media outlets are reporting possibilities like the Lakers, and some have even suggested Golden State or Dallas. But what about a small market? Is it too far fetched in this day and age to think that a superstar talent would even consider something outside of the spotlight? What about Portland? They’ve definitely got the assets. Utah?
There’s no question the Jazz and a handful of other small market teams have the assets to bring in Rajon Rondo. The real unknown is how Rondo would react to the situation. While some question his attitude, I for one think he wouldn’t mind playing in a smaller market. Rondo seems like the anti-star of the NBA. He often regards hype and media with a certain aloofness that suggests he either doesn’t realize just how good of a player he is, or he knows he’s good and doesn’t really care about the media attention. Probably the latter. On top of that, while other NBA stars are texting each other at will, lobbying each other behind the scenes, Rondo seems like an NBA outcast. Dwight Howard and Chris Paul want to play together, Howard and Williams want to play together, Kobe and Paul, Howard and Rose, Kobe and Williams; the list goes on and on, but who wants to play with Rondo? The guy has had well documented run-ins with his current big three, so why should we think that he’s pining away to join some other big unification? In a very Iverson-esque way, Rondo marches to the beat of his own drum in this league, and that likely won’t change.
Long story short, Rondo may be one of those rare players who really doesn’t care where he plays, just so long as he has a chance to compete and explore his own game, making a small market move an absolute possibility.
Word on the street is the Celtics are dead set on unloading Rajon Rondo. If this holds true, Boston’s desperation opens the door for starless teams like the Jazz, who don’t have a stud to give, but certainly could string together a nice package of players and draft picks. Despite his history of uncoachability, Rondo would make Utah an instant playoff threat this season, and a certain contender for years to come. We say a package of Paul Millsap, Devin Harris, and one or both 2012 first round draft choices. What do you say?
Happy birthday–according to a shady internet site–Rajon Rondo, probably the most dazzling ball handler since Allen Iverson, and one of our favorite players here at LowerTheRim. And yes, we do think you’re the best point guard in the league. If you could hit a free throw, we think others might feel the same way. As it is you’ll be spending your birthday “banned”, we are happy to post this mix tape in your honor. Also we’re glad you ditched the headband. It never was a good fit for you.