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Best of Rondology: Volume 1

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."

http://boston.sportsthenandnow.com/2009/12/15/rajon-rondo-under-the-microscope/

 

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.


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6 Comments

Reply paul
7:13 AM on July 28, 2013 
Oh Lord. I feel that Rondo has to find his own shot, but there are so many people saying that you have to have perfect classical mechanics, and you have to shoot the exact same way every time. I'm not sure that is right for Rondo. Anyway, i certainly hope he's putting up a lot of shots as he recovers from his injury...
Reply C'slife
12:40 PM on July 28, 2013 
Rondo gets little, or no credit on his jumper that has improved big time. His issue has to do with free throws which is odd after how much he's improved. This was a nice trip down memory lane, this post was before my time, but It was nice to see some early work from Paul.
Reply paul
2:17 PM on July 28, 2013 
I'd like to see Rondo use the backboard more in his shooting, and maybe try the diaper shot from the FT line, Rick Barry's shot. No one in the game today has a better feel for shooting off the backboard than Rondo. Havlicek used to do it a lot when shooting middle distance shots
Reply paul
2:19 PM on July 28, 2013 
This was my first Rondo drawing and I thought it came out really well. I haven't done one in a little while. I haven't had an idea I liked well enough.
Reply rcraig617
12:26 AM on July 29, 2013 
To be honest i think rondo's a pretty good shooter it's just the fact that when other guys have the ball and they penetrate and kick to rondo when he doesn't shoot the open shot that messes up our offense and we end up chucking up a shot to beat the shotclock. I still don't understand why people keep on doubting rondo's shot he eliminated philadelphia 2 seasons ago in that game 7 with a barrage of jumpers then proceeded to score 40 on miami by hitting a bunch of jumpers and free throws. My beef is he has to be more willing to shoot the open jumpers and aside from that he's fine because while he's in his prime people will have to give him the proper amount of space to easily get off jumpers on the pick and when he' at the top of the key if they try to take that away then he'll easily penetrate.
Reply paul
1:35 AM on July 29, 2013 
rcraig617 says...
To be honest i think rondo's a pretty good shooter it's just the fact that when other guys have the ball and they penetrate and kick to rondo when he doesn't shoot the open shot that messes up our offense and we end up chucking up a shot to beat the shotclock. I still don't understand why people keep on doubting rondo's shot he eliminated philadelphia 2 seasons ago in that game 7 with a barrage of jumpers then proceeded to score 40 on miami by hitting a bunch of jumpers and free throws. My beef is he has to be more willing to shoot the open jumpers and aside from that he's fine because while he's in his prime people will have to give him the proper amount of space to easily get off jumpers on the pick and when he' at the top of the key if they try to take that away then he'll easily penetrate.


The criticism of Rondo's shooting is one of the areas where his haters have really gone insane. There is a thread at Celtics Blog where the Haters are arguing that Rondo's non-shooting wrecks the Celtics' offense because of the Rondo Sag. ONe has to be literally blind to make this claim. Anyone with eyes can see that the sag can indeed cause problems, but also that when Rondo penetrates, he draws the defense to him in a kind of panic, which, obviously, creates lots of room for teammates. Doc never designed an offense that took advantage of Rondo's strengths.

Also, as you say, Rondo's shooting is improving.