Rajon Rondo has had to battle many demons throughout his NBA career — lack of jumpshot, lack of respect, injuries and the start of a rebuilding process.
One thing, however, that he’s never been short on is confidence — and arrogance and hard-headedness.
And perhaps the latter characteristics could end up being the reason why the Boston Celtics will have a difficult time in trading the all-star point guard during this upcoming season, if he doesn’t commit longterm.
There’s no questioning Rondo’s talent, but is he really worth trading for to build your team around? Steve Kyler from Basketball Insiders doesn’t think the reward outweighs the risk. And if more NBA teams support the theory of this scribe, the Celtics may end up hanging on to Rondo by default.
Rondo has come around in the last 16-18 months, but he’s too tough to work with. I want a guard others want to play with and Conley is far and away the best guy in that regards on your list.
Amid the behind-the-scenes meetings with Anderson Varejao, Dan Gilbert and Kevin Love; LeBron James apparently hasn’t really gotten a chance to talk with Kyrie Irving, you know the guy who’ll be kind of important in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ fortunes — along with LeBron — next season.
Team chemistry? Who needs that, right? Well, at least LeBron and Irving don’t need that — yet. But it’ll come soon enough.
James has traveled the world for training and promotional events, and Irving’s committed to Team USA, so dialogue hasn’t progressed about ways they’ll blend on the court next season. After the FIBA games, Irving plans to exchange more calls and texts with James and engage in workouts together. They’ll need a quick course in chemistry, because an NBA title could be had out of the Eastern Conference, not just a retooling year.