Understand from the get go: I pay close attention to the NBA only during the playoffs. After college hoops is gone for the season. I do pay mild attention to the draft because the nature of the game. With only five players on the floor at a time — if you don’t count the zebras — one new baller can change a team. Besides the Joe Dumars/ Darko Milicic jokes never get old. Plus it’s the only real b-ball news this side of Clark Francis’ extolment of the virtues of some hot shot 4th grader in Virginia Beach.
This year’s draft is especially intriguing here in Hoopsylvania, given the presence of Earl “Why can’t I get no respect?” Clark, Terrence “Look at me, I’m NBA ready” Williams and Jodie “Thank heavens there’s no franchise in Lexington” Meeks. Not to mention sleeper Orlando Mendez-Valdez.
Anyway, I’m an interested observer, but claim no expertise on the machinations that run the play for pay leagues.
But I gots to ask: What up with all the Rajon Rondo trade rumors? By every possible measuring standard, the former Eastern High Eagle is on a serious uptick. Great defender. Improving leader. Gettin’ better all the time as a shooter. Young with lots of upside. Point guard already for a champion with lots of seasons left in him. Notched a couple of playoff triple doubles for Oscar’s sake.
The rumors: Rondo to Detroit for the whole top half of the Piston’s roster. Rondo to the Knicks for Bill Bradley, Willis Reed, Clyde Frazier and Earl the Pearl. The list goes on. Even in the cockamamie world where salary caps matter more than rebounding stats, it makes no sense.
The core of the Celtics is aging. Bringing in new blood makes sense. But giving up a probable several time all-star point guard for the transfusion sounds like a bad plot twist in some HBO series about vampires living among the cajuns in Louisiana.
– Seedy K