Rajon Rondo can do a lot of things. Shooting a jumper, however, is not exactly his forte. Now, it has gotten better, despite what you might hear. But it’s still not very reliable and it’s easily his most glaring weakness. And everyone, including (according to Shaquille O’Neal) President Obama, notices.
In early March some of the guys went to the museum of Fine Arts for a fund-raiser and got to hang with President Barack Obama. Everyone was a little bit in awe. The President turns to Ray, points at Rondo, and says, “Hey, Ray, why don’t you teach this kid how to shoot?” Everyone starts laughing.
KG told me he saw the look on Rondo’s face and the kid was devastated, embarrassed. Dissed by the President, even though I’m sure Obama didn’t mean any harm. Rondo smiled and went along with all of it, but KG told me he could see it in his eyes. It bothered Rondo. It killed him.
The next day Rondo shot the ball horribly. He stopped taking shots after that. He’s so sensitive. I think it was a real jolt to hear the outside perception of a basketball fan who happens to be the President of the United States. It messed with his mind. I’m sure of it.
That’s not exactly true, actually. As noted on Bloguin partner site RedsArmy.com:
Shaq’s notion that Rondo stopped taking shots is not true. Rondo averaged more shots per game in March and April than in November, December and January.
It might have messed with Rondo’s mind for a day or two, but Rondo’s not the kind to let that linger. Still, the notion that Obama played some kind of Jedi mind trick on Rondo is funny. You know Obama’s a big Bulls fan. Maybe he was playing some mind games to get his boys an edge.
Meanwhile, don’t be surprised to see large donations to rival campaigns by one “R. Rondo”. Rondo might not let that slight linger, but he WILL get his revenge.