Posts Tagged ‘Rajon Rondo’

Rajon Rondo debuts as TV analyst

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As Celtics guard Rajon Rondo continues his comeback from last season’s knee injury, he still is building up his strength and endurance, so he still sits out the occasional second game of back-to-back games. Last night the Celtics had the second game of a back-to-back against Chicago. But instead of staying home, Rondo decided to try watching from the TV broadcast booth, as he spent the first half of the game working as a color analyst. (Benny the Bull was thrilled to see him.) Pretty cool to hear him explain plays and the thought behind the play design…


VIDEO: Rondo as analyst

(via SLAM)

Pressey’s precision poses problems

Celtics rookie Phil Pressey is the son of a man — Paul Pressey — credited with being the original point forward. Phil might not have gotten his old man’s height (he’s 5-foot-11; Pops is 6-foot-5), but the court vision transferred just fine. 

Ignore his 2.4 ppg and 2.7 apg, his 29 percent shooting, his 64 percent from the charity stripe. Though nobody is calling for Pressey to replace the stalwart Rajon Rondo, true hoop heads have noticed his highlight helpers, how he can dish with either hand in transition, off the pick-and-roll. No look accuracy is nothing foreign to him. Bounce passes, behind the backs, it’s all there. Point blank, the rook can carve ‘em up.

Playing behind one of the game’s best passers in Rondo should only nurture that gift. But so far, he has done enough work to garner the attention of the Top Plays Theatre:


VIDEO: Phil Pressey impresses with several top-notch assists

Rubio Racks Up On A Wild Night Of Sharing


VIDEO: Ricky Rubio runs wild on the Pacers’ vaunted defense

Wednesday night was a time of giving in the Association, as Joakim Noah, Ricky Rubio and Kemba Walker tallied career highs in dimes in three different North American regions.

North of the border in Toronto, Noah was generous early and often, feeding cutting and spot-up teammates 12 times for a basket, including a behind-the-back two hopper from the middle of the paint to the corner on a fast break.

Video: Watch Joakim Noah’s 13 assists against the Raptors

In the Southeast, Bobcats guard Walker took another step in his evolution from a shoot-first point to on-court chef. Using his ball-on-a-string dribble, Kemba carved the Pistons’ D with kick-outs to open shooters set up by a crisp two-man game with Al Jefferson. Reserve point guard Ramon Sessions recorded 10 assists of his own. (Further down on the map, John Wall weaved pinpoint passes through the Hawks in Atlanta for 12 in a win).

Video: Watch Kemba Walker’s 16 assists against the Pistons

But the facilitator of the night goes to the Spaniard in the Midwest. Rubio got busy to the tune of 17 assists, dishing a steady diet to Kevin Love (42 points) and Corey Brewer and Ronny Turiaf. He controlled the pill like a wand, harrying the Pacers seemingly with ease.

Video: Watch Ricky Rubio’s 17 assists against the Pacers

His abuse of Paul George and Roy Hibbert in this highlight might be the best Rubio playmaking moment of the season:


VIDEO: Ricky Rubio fakes out Paul George and Roy Hibbert for the dump-off

By no means are these the only superb givers on the night. Rajon Rondo and Trey Burke collected 10 dimes each, James Harden one-upped them with 11 and Kendall Marshall shared in 16 buckets. Marshall has seven games this season of 14 or more assists, tying Chris Paul for the NBA lead. He’s only played 25 games.

Even Phoenix’s P.J. Tucker got in on the milestone act, tying a career high with six helpers.

Is Rajon Rondo Returning Friday?

Boston Celtics v Portland Trail Blazers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Boston point guard Rajon Rondo has always been a bit unconventional, both on the court and off. As a player, he consistently posts huge stat lines and eye-popping numbers, despite coming into the League without much a jump shot. And off the court, Rondo doesn’t seem to care much about managing his image the way many other athletes do — Rondo just wants to play ball and win games.

Rondo tore his ACL last season, and since then he’s been watching games from the bench, occasionally with eye-popping results. He’s also used Twitter, sparingly, until a tweet last night that set people guessing…

What was Rondo referring to? Well, if you do the math, 29,233,380 seconds works out to about 338 days. On Friday night, the Celtics host the Lakers, and if you count backward from tip time on Friday, 338 days is the length of time to when Rondo suffered his injury. According to ESPN Boston, it’s actually the exact amount of time from the actual surgery, which took place at 11:07 AM.

Rajon Rondo Checks Stat Sheet, Is Baffled By What He Sees

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — After trading Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, with Rajon Rondo out with a knee injury, and with a coach new to the NBA (Brad Stevens), everyone knew this was going to be a rebuilding year for the Boston Celtics. But even with that knowledge going in, it’s been a particularly up-and-down year for the Celts — some games they’ve looked terrible, some games they’ve looked pretty good.

Last night against Houston was one of those terrible nights — the Celts finished the game shooting 32-percent from the field, with nearly as many turnovers as assists. Hey, it happens. So excuse Rondo for looking a bit shocked when he checked out the stat sheet in the middle of the game…
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VIDEO: Rondo is stunned by the Celtics’ stat sheet
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(via Ball Don’t Lie)

Rajon Rondo Pays Tribute To Boston Red Sox

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Red Sox made headlines during their recent improbable title run by growing huge, unruly beards. So when the Celtics had their home opener over the  weekend, it only made sense for point guard Rajon Rondo to pay tribute to the Sox by strolling out to midcourt to address the crowd with a gigantic fake beard strapped to his chin. What I especially love about this is that Rondo makes no mention of the beard at all…
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VIDEO: Rondo Wears Fake Beard

(via TNLP)

Rajon Rondo Holds Impromptu Twitter Q&A

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Twitter has been around so long that it’s almost an integrated part of the NBA experience. We watch games and read Twitter while we do it. We follow our favorite athletes on Twitter, and it’s great getting a peek behind the curtain of the NBA life. And it’s still neat when an athlete decides to take the access further and, all of a sudden, just start answering questions from their followers.

Last night, Celtics G Rajon Rondo did exactly that, addressing a wide range of topics, from his favorite players in the NBA to his favorite Mexican food…

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NBA Style: Spotlight On The Modern Suit

NBA Style
By the NBA.com Style Crew

While many NBA players have different interpretations of high fashion and the latest trends, some are sticking with basic suits, while still mixing it up a bit. Perhaps the most important facet of today’s suit is an ability to break up the pieces and wear them with other items in your wardrobe. Let’s take a look at several different styles, including trends that can become part of any closet. Keep up with the conversation using #NBAStyle.

THE EXPERTLY TAILORED SUIT
Derrick Rose
, Amar’e Stoudemire and Zach Randolph are in favor of finely tailored, slim cuts.

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Animated Stick Figures Recreate Some Of Basketball’s Most Iconic Moments

by Micah Hart

Reason #1,723,486 to love the Internet: some one started a thread on InsideHoops.com’s message boards with animated gifs featuring some of the NBA’s greatest moments, recreated by stick figures.

I don’t know who did this, or why, but that’s the beauty of the web. I don’t have to know, all I have to do is sit back and enjoy, and contemplate how awesome/terrifying it is that I can immediately pick out most of the plays being referenced here. By all means help yourself to that thread to peruse the full assortment, but here are a few of my favorites to whet your whistle:

Have we really considered what a post-Kobe Bryant NBA is going to look like? I knew I recognized this play from somewhere, but was having a difficult time nailing down the specific game and opponent. So I did what any good investigative journalist would do, I hit up YouTube. Well guess what, Kobe’s scored on layups like this roughly a billion times. I mean, I know Kobe is an all-timer, but sometimes it takes watching an 11-minute highlight reel of JUST HIS LAYUPS to make you remember how special he truly is. I finally found the play, by the way, it was against the Spurs and it’s at about the 6:45 mark.

Pretty obvious which this is. All I have to say is, whoever created this, you get the shot but not the resulting jump and fist pump?

For my money, still the greatest dunk of all time.

Ohhh, don’t do it to him AI!

Hakeem says he wants to work with Serge Ibaka this summer. Serge, you got a long ways to go before you can pull this off.

And finally:

If anyone has the know how to pull these off, by all means send them over and we’ll do more galleries. It’s the offseason, we have plenty of time to kill.

[Classic Moments in NBA recreated in stickman gif, Inside Hoops]

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Rajon Rondo Makes Every Opening Tip His Own

by Micah Hart

This is pretty great. A Celtics’ fan has taken the time to edit together footage of Rajon Rondo‘s strange little opening tip ritual, where for about two seconds he pretends he’s actually a member of the Harlem Globetrotters rather than the starting point guard for the Boston Celtics. Check it out:

How can the Celtics (allegedly) want to get rid of this guy?

H/T Deadspin

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