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Rajon: “I’m sleeping better”

Rondo at the point

"I'm sleeping better, I will say that.
I wasn't stressed at the time my deal was trying to get done. I was
fine with playing it out. I'm very comfortable with how I play. I'm
very confident in what I do out there, so it wasn't an issue. But
definitely, getting it done takes a lot off your shoulders, whether you
think it's affecting you or not."

That's Rajon Rondo talking about how he feels now that his contract situation is settled in a piece by Steve Aschburner on NBA.com.  It's an interesting quote because he kinda says two different things at the same time. 

On one hand… he's more relaxed because his situation is more stable.  On the other, he was fine with it playing out if it had to.  Can you be both?

Once again, KG is Rondo's biggest cheerleader.

"He's embraced the whole notion of getting better," the power forward
said. "He's on the weights, he's taking care of his body. A couple
years ago, he'd come in, he might be eating a cheeseburger, some fries,
a bunch of mayonnaise, eating like a 21-year-old. Now I can definitely
say he's taking care of his body — not so much mayo and cheese. It's
more of a chicken sandwich now.

"All jokes aside, he's working. He hears the critics, the hollers about his game, and he chases that. That fuels him."

It's an excellent piece.  It starts off with the whole "Rondo escorting the rolling ball up the floor" thing to prevent the clock from starting.  I love when he does that.  Check it out.

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  • Jason

    The guy has issues with the save-the-clock, rolling-ball “strategy.” That alone makes him not worth reading ever again on matters basketball. It’s not even a strategy; saving the clock in last second opportunities is the most common of all common sense. And this he has issues with? When you have 3.9 seconds, going 47 feet is much more manageable than going 94. Is advancing the ball after timeouts a pet-peeve of his too? He’s retarded. I couldn’t possibly read the rest after reading that intro.

  • John often shows up to RedsArmy meetings in similar fashion – with ‘a bunch of mayonnaise.”

  • it’s SOOOOOOOOOOOOO tasty.

  • I’m not sure if you saw that correctly. He was saying he had issues with it UNTIL he saw Rondo do it.

  • Jason

    Why would it bother him if ANYONE does it?

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    Good question.  Maybe he'd never seen it done the right way.  Don't know.

  • angsty

    you guys caught the ”open letter” ron artest wrote to tiger? it’s good for a few laughs.

  • Ace-One

    Well, for me, it’s not the strategy behind the ball-rolling move (some people call it “walking the dog), but the execution. Lots of players like to do it, including chris paul, but Rondo used to really push his luck, letting it get really close to being stolen/knocked away by the defender. A couple times last year and the year before, he almost got burned by it. I don’t remember a defender ever stealing it outright, but a couple came close enough that Rondo had to scramble, and it disrupted the offense setting up. This one (in the playoffs!) sticks out: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/story/11708634
    Why, Rondo? There’s more than three minutes left. I know your behind, so you want to stetch the game out, but a stolen possession is a lot worse than burning an extra second.
    I think that play is a great little snapshot into the good and bad of Rondo. His talent and smarts are obvious, but there are parts of his game that were/are exasperating. It’s almost like he does it cuz he knows it pisses folks off, or he’s trying to prove he can get away with it (even when there’s no reason to).