It’s his team now, dog. Get used to it. Rajon Rondo is unconventional, and you need to get used to that, too. He’s moody. Deal. We’re living in Rondo’s world now – no, we are simply a planet in the ever-expanding Rondo-verse, a mathematically infinite space that is home to others just like you and me, Rondo fans to the nth degree. And when the Boston Celtics take the court for the 2012-13 NBA Season it will be Rondo playing the role of Creator, his fingerprints all over the success of this team and its players, his voice and actions an extension of the team’s highest power, Doc Rivers.
And guess what? I can’t wait.
Forget for a moment that Rondo isn’t a classic point guard in the truest sense, because he is indeed exactly that. Confused? That’s what Rondo will do to you if you stop and think too hard about what he brings to the table. The classic point guard can knock down a jumper, and while Rondo has certainly improved in this respect, he’s never going to be known for his ability to stroke it. But go back farther in time and the truest essence of a point guard is that of distributor, not scorer. Rondo does this perhaps better than any guard in the league. He’s the Celtics’ maestro on the floor, a conductor with a heavenly touch, making the C’s better without ever having to put the ball in the hole. Classic Rondo, an acquired taste if ever there was one.
So, as we prepare to embark on what we hope is a championship season, it is Rondo who brings a triple-threat omnipotence to each and every game. He’ll dish it, he’ll score it, and he’ll rebound the basketball – and he’ll do so in some of the most unorthodox ways imaginable. And then he’ll turn around and play hellish defense, bedeviling the opposition into turnovers and bad decisions. Much of it won’t be pretty but it will be damned effective – but hey, whatever it takes.
As Celtics fans we need to give thanks for all things Rondo; the fake behind-the-back pass that leads to an easy layup, the way he comes up with rebounds when men much taller are clustered around him, the batted balls to open teammates for easy threes.
Yes, give thanks and heap praise on our main man Rajon Rondo.
Celtics fans know a savior when they see one.