He may not be the best shooter, and he may not be the most coach able player, but one thing is for certain: When it comes playoff time, Rajon Rondo always shows up.
The Bulls announced Friday that Rondo suffered a thumb injury and will be out indefinitely until further notice. Rondo is currently wearing a cast and will be re-evaluated in 7-10 days. Rondo has also been suffering from a wrist injury that caused him to miss three games in the final week of regular season play. But this seemed to not have slowed the 6’1″ flashy point guard down one bit.
Rondo has been criticized his whole career for his capability shoot the three ball, and being hard to coach. All these things can be true, but Rondo is a special player, and I’ll tell you why.
Rondo needs the right players, and coaches around him. You ever look at Rondo, and think “that was a bad ass little kid” ? Well every time I look at him that’s exactly what I think. He just seems like he was that little kid who needed his big brother to beat him up a couple times before he actually listened.
But look back at when Rondo played with Boston. This is the best Rondo we have seen and because of the players and coaches. He had veterans, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce around him. They put him and check and brought out the best in him. He also had Doc Rivers, the perfect coach for Rondo. Once again, another person to keep him in check.
Oh yeah, and not to mention Rondo has the 4th most triple doubles in NBA playoff history. Putting him ahead of players like Wilt Chamberlin, Oscar Robertson, Charles Barkley and many more. Whatever you do, never count out Rondo when it comes to playoffs.
As for the Bulls this is a devastating loss. It is a good thing they took an early 2-0 lead over the Celtics because I am not so sure how long that will last. The Bulls will be forced to start Jerian Grant in Friday’s night game in Chicago. Rondo will surely be missed.