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June 25, 2009

Wake-up call for Rondo

Erratic shot and attitude must be fixed before Rondo can cash in

Everything was going too swimmingly for Rajon Rondo.

Starting point guard for the Boston Celtics. World Champion. Reebok commercials. Triple-doubles galore. Recognition as the next "great" point guard.

All by age 23.

This is the same Rajon Rondo who, on draft day in 2006, drew this comment from ESPN college basketball expert Jay Bilas, "The problem is he can't shoot."

Rondo still can't shoot, but he can run an offense.

Now comes the dirt.

He's pig-headed. He's not a leader. He's been tardy too many times to games, including a playoff tilt. And, maybe worst of all, he wants to be among the richest players in pro basketball.

And lest I forget, he still can't hit the open jump shot.

By the time you are eating your Cheerios this morning, Rondo could be headed elsewhere, maybe Memphis. If not this morning then by lunch time.

If that's the case, that will really be too bad. But the person to blame won't be Celtics president Danny Ainge or even head coach Doc Rivers, both of whom are Hall of Fame gentlemen.

It will have been Rondo's fault.

If you're wondering why the Celtics had the opportunity to draft Rondo (Phoenix really drafted him and then immediately dealt him to Boston) with the 21st overall pick, it was dirt and the jump shot.

Even in college, Rondo always made those "Rondo moves," faking passes behind his back and laying it in or faking a lay-in and then taking a fallaway jumper.

He could always run a team, too, which University of Kentucky fans loved.

But Rondo's attitude translates to him knowing more about the game than the very expensive coaching staff. He's really good, but he's really a jerk sometimes.

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