Seriously. The media’s constant spotlight and microscope have been on Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo so long, I think they are finally going to run out of things to talk about. Rondo is truly a one-of-a-kind player in the league. He is incredible to watch and I’m certain there’s not another player in the game quite like him. His temperament is odd, his play style is uncharacteristically unselfish of a player in his position, and he gives some deadpan interviews.
The analysis wasn’t that bad at first. After the 2008 season, Rondo really stepped into the spotlight for the first time and the media and fans were curious as to who he was. It’s been five years, and we’re all still wondering. The questions began with, “Can a young player like Rondo really win a championship with his core of old players?” and “Is Rondo truly a good player or is he being carried by three hall of famers?” This later evolved into “Is Rajon Rondo the best point guard in the game?” and “Can Rondo someday carry the team?” Regardless of the answers to these questions, they continued to evolve. Now, the questions are less about his game and more about his supposed bizarre personality.
“Is Rondo a headcase?”
“Did Rondo force Ray Allen out of Boston?”
Does Doc Rivers think Rajon Rondo is a terrible person?”
Soon enough, I expect Bill Simmons to accuse Rondo of faking the moon landing. What baffles me the most about Rondo’s coverage isn’t that he gets air as much as he does, but what it is about. If we simply must over analyze a player in his prime instead of just watching him play, can we at least analyze his unique game? This is a player that go for 15 assists or 40 points if he wants to. He led the league in triple doubles last season, even though he virtually played only half the time. For those of you who have a hard time with that, he had more triple doubles than LeBron James.
Shocking, I know.
So why isn’t his game being covered?
If Rondo eventually leaves via trade, the reports will be because, “his bizarre personality was too hard to handle in the locker room”. Should Rondo somehow stay in Boston his entire career, it will be because, “his bizarre personality just makes him a fiercely loyal kind of guy”.
The only thing we as fans have to go off of that tell us Rondo is some sort of locker room disease are a few anonymous reports lacking in detail. Meanwhile, we have stacks of records, hours and hours of game play. Yet all we want to talk about is whether he’ll get traded or not.
Rondo is a fun player to watch, with a unique sort of game. So why isn’t anyone talking about that?