On a night full of Big Threes, it was a fifth year point guard who made the biggest impact. Rondo once again played his roll of “puppet master” to absolute perfection. His mark of 17 assists was two more than Miami’s entire team, and absolutely obliterated Lebron’s total of 3. It’s not often that a player scores 4 points and is so clearly dominating the game.
Due to his pedestrian outside shot and low scoring numbers, Rajon hardly ever is recognized as the games best point guard, but don’t let the skeptics fool you. Like Jason Kidd and John Stockton before him, Rondo is the type of player who would easily choose 20 assists over 20 points. He gives the game what it needs, if you need a big rebound to seal the game, or a clutch steal to ensure victory, he’s the type of guy that miraculously comes up with the play. In a starting lineup that features four 1st Ballot Hall of Famers, isn’t that the type of guy you want distributing the rock?
This season look for Rajon to break The Boston Celtic assist record that he set just last year. Rondo will also earn his second All-Star selection, as his reputation throughout the NBA is rock solid.
18-year veteran Shaquille O’Neal has quoted the late great coach John Wooden when describing Rajon, “the definition of a great player is one who makes the players around him better, Rajon does that”, said Shaq. And it’s not only Rondo’s teammates who have expressed their feelings on the subject. Hall of Famers Bob Cousy, Tommy Heinsohn, Dave Cowens, John Havlicek, Kevin McHale, and even Magic Johnson have praised the 24-year-old All-Star. Some of which have even set aside his place in the Hall right there next to them. Needless to say… we obviously have something special on our hands.
Rajon Rondo and the Super Celtics continue their quest for Banner 18 tonight against the Cavaliers. Let’s just see how heated that Cleveland-Boston rivalry is after The King’s big decision.