Rajon Rondo is a Superstar

10/31/12 in NBA   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

When a relatively unknown becomes a force to be reckoned with, the spotlight locates the target and the microscopic lens adjusts the focus in order to highlight the attributes and faults of the specific person.

When the Boston Celtics traded for Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, they formed a Big Three with Paul Pierce and most questioned how they would coexist with the young, very inexperienced point guard, Rajon Rondo. He had no big-game experience and was simply a youngin' trying to make a name for himself on a crowded squad. 

Oct 30, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) drives to the basket as Miami Heat power forward Rashard Lewis (9) defends during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIREOh, how time has changed. Since Rondo has basically proven that he has blossomed into one of the top point guards in the league, most have chosen to dissect his game more than others because of his clear lack of a consistent outside jump-shot. His positives very much outweigh his inability to hit a 15-20 foot jumper, however, the fact that his weakness has been exposed gives those critics the fuel needed to spark a fire. 

Rondo hit 9-14 from the field in the opener, scoring 20 points, dishing out 13 assists and grabbing 7 rebounds. He went 0-2 from three and 2-4 from the line. His outside shooting is still not up to par, however, his ability to get into the paint allows for him to adjust quickly. He is quick, crafty and has very long and active arms on the defensive side of the ball. Rondo does not have to prove to the league that he can hit the outside jump shot consistently because he most likely never will.

Everyone wants to find a flaw in a stars game just so they can exploit them in the media. LeBron James was an incredible talent, however, he never won a ring, he couldn't consistently shoot. ESPN never failed to mention these limitations when commenting on his successes or comparing him to past greats. 

Instead of changing the player into something he is not, amplify his game by designing plays to free him up and put him in spots where he can succeed. Stars come along every so often, so instead of critiquing their flaws, highlight their positive attributes and continue to enjoy the show. No one is every satisfied with the talent they have in front of them. 
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