|Posted by shawn cassidy on July 28, 2013 at 5:15 AM|
Well it's the dog days of summer for NBA fans. I thought it would be nice to take a look back at Paul's signature series of articles dubbed 'Rondoloy'. Which is now 'Rondo Report'. One of the first posts by Paul reviewed Rondo's shot. Here's a part from his article.
Rondology: Rondo the Shooter(Click for full article) Posted on August 28, 2011
On a Celtics team choked with iconic players, a new icon is brewing in front of our eyes. If The Trade was Danny Ainge's worst moment since (not) biting Tree Rollins, trading for Rajon Rondo and having the vision to believe in this strange kid may have been his best.
A lot of people seem to find Rondo difficult to understand. When he passes up a shot to pass, folks seem to misinterpret. Some think it means that Rondo is afraid to shoot. Others think it means that he is hungry for stats. It's rare for people to understand that Rondo has a way of thinking about basketball that is different from most players. In my opinion, he sees the game the same way Russell did. He understands that 90% of the game of basketball is not scoring, and that the ultimate measure of a player's greatness is really the accomplishments of other players on his team. I think this is why we have so often seen Rondo give the ball up to Ray Ray at the end of an undefended fast break; it could be to pad his assist stats, but more likely it's to make a point. Most of us learned our basketball on playgrounds where passing the ball was a sign of weakness, an admission of failure. Rondo's out to change that perception.
Famously, Rondo originally wanted to be a football quarterback, and still thinks like a quarterback today. As a good quarterback should, he reportedly studies film assiduously. Apparently he likes to know his opponents better than they know themselves.
I find it strange that many fans seem to doubt that Rondo will achieve excellence as a shooter. What Nick Gelso said in 2009 is more true today:
"The NBA has been blessed with some beautiful shot form’s over the years. The Association has also had it’s share of ugly, non traditional shooting forms. Bill Cartwright’s scary, alien-like shot comes to mind, Robert Parish’s high arching “tee it up” type shot, though deadly, will never appear in text book’s either. Joakim Noah’s contorted shooting form may only appear in instructional DVD’s displaying what not to do when shooting. Dare I cite Magic Johnson’s shot. Magic’s shot was never very pretty and during his first eight seasons he was unreliable in hitting the perimeter stroke.
I am just citing a few examples of the many unsightly shots over the year’s. None of these players have had their shooting form analyzed as much as we have seen with the Celtics point guard the past three seasons.
In all my year’s of following professional basketball, I have never seen a player’s shot more scrutinized then Rajon Rondo’s."
Rondo, in the same article, says:
"“It’s part of basketball; you are not going to be great at everything,’’ he said. “Even Mike [Michael Jordan] wasn’t great at everything. I’m only 23, I am going to keep getting better, that’s how I look at it. I am going to keep working. I believe in myself. I want to go to the free throw line. I want to take the jump shot. When I don’t shoot my shot, I feel like I am cheating myself because I feel like no one can stop me from getting to the basket.’’"
So I'll leave the floor to you guys. I personally believe that Rondo's shot has improved, and if there is one thing from his ACL injury to take into consideration? You know the only thing that Rondo could do is shoot.