Rondo Leaves Team USA

Citing personal reasons Rajon Rondo packed his bags and headed back for the States. But the question is how much was personal and how much was saving face? I think it was a bit of both, but mostly Rondo’s on personal issue with a FIBA style of game and not being able to compete on such a competitive level as he has in the NBA. FIBA ball is a big difference from the NBA.

First, I think there are more fouls in one quarter of NBA ball as there is in an entire FIBA competition. The game is more physical by nature. And when there is a foul it is imperative to follow through with a shot because the FIBA rules allows for more time to score and go for the “and one.”

Second, and most affecting Rondo is the paint vs outside game. The smaller paint space creates more space for defenders to cover the lane without risking a violation in the paint. This creates problems for a guy like Rondo who scores best under the rim and create chaos when he is forced to shoot from the outside where it is well know Rondo struggles.

Thirdly, Rondo’s size comes into play when the game becomes more physical and to see him banged around is not good with an upcoming season upon us, I think Rondo is not willing to put his body on the line for a World Championships, hell I don’t think he risks it for a gold medal.

Coach K did mention prior to Rondo’s announcement that the team did need someone to shoot less and carry the ball more, but that is not Rondo’s game he enjoys the play in transition, he likes the excitement of taking on taller defenders under the net and putting up a sweet roll-in. John Stockton was a great PG, but I don’t think Rondo wants to be John Stockton, he likes his style and why change your game to play another.

Was it personal or was this a way not to be cut? Rondo and Coach K will probably never spill the beans. Welcome back to Beantown Rajon.

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  1. Jamie Canu

    August 25, 2010 at 7:49 am

    yo quiero tuteenes papas fritas (sorry if my spanish spelling is incorrect guys.)

  2. Paulo Porto

    August 24, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    ai daniel
    eu tambem sou brasileiro
    e sou torcedor dos celtics
    mas nao conheco quase ninguem q tambem torca e/ou conheca a nba
    entao c vc quiser me add no msn pra poder trocar uma ideia sobre o boston e a nba

  3. Daniel Sabino

    August 24, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Wow, I am Brazilian and I am a huge fan of Rajon Rondo, I thought of seeing him in this mudial, I am very sad to hear this news .. But I hope to see him in the NBA. Hugs to all

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