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The only words to describe Rondo are new ones

RedsArmyAdmin May 10, 2010 Uncategorized 8 Comments

Words and I get along pretty well.  At least we used to.  It used to be that when I needed the right words for an occasion,  the right words would oblige by making themselves readily available.

Oh, but not now.  Words have taken a sick day.  Words are playing hooky out in the glorious sunshine while I sit here trying to properly capture Rajon Rondo's performance from last night.

So its just me and this game tape.

Rewind.  Pause.  Play…. I see Rondo there twirling, faking, bouncing and floating… and I'm just left sitting here slack-jawed.

Rewind.  Pause.  Play….  He looks one way but goes another, fitting the ball through holes only a ball can fit through.  He rests perfectly bounced passes into impossible slots and into the hands of teammates who didn't even know they were open until the ball was there.  He confuses world class athletes by creating the illusion that 99% of him will be doing a certain thing, only to have that other 1% do something totally different.

And still I just shake my head. 

Pause.  Groan.  Shake my head in the happiest form of frustration I've ever felt.

How can I tell someone that didn't see this that it happened?  How, when I'm old and telling some teenager "you don't know great… I'LL tell you about great," can I convey this story without that kid walking away thinking "that's one crazy old man"?

I can't.  It's not possible.  Because what Rajon Rondo did yesterday can only be described by using the things we saw during the game.  You can only describe Rondo by saying "Cleveland was Rondo'd."

Not exactly Shakespearean prose, but it's all we've got.

What we're really looking at here is something like the birth of a language.  Once upon a time, someone somewhere picked up something and made a sound.  Up until that moment, that sound was associated with nothing.  But now it's associated with that thing.

So really… the words that properly describe what Rondo did last night didn't exist until last night.  The words that describe what Rondo did last night were the sounds you made when he did what he did.  Whatever hodgepodge of grunts, groans, clasped-hands-on-your-head exultations, and astonished expletive-combinations you made… THAT'S what properly describes what Rajon did to Cleveland.

Whatever those were, that's it.  There's no other way to describe what Rondo did because he really did have me speaking in tongues.  I made sounds I've never made before, all because this 6'1" kid took over the reins from a group of aging Hall of Famers and did unfathomable things.  Those sounds, all of our sounds, are the collective new words that can only describe the previously indescribable Rajon Rondo from May 9, 2010.

I probably should have written some of those down.

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  • http://www.noiinblog.com Patrick

    It’s like a quote from an old surf movie: “You can’t talk about surfing, because the more you do, the dumber you sound.” It’s like that watching Rondo. You can’t describe it because then you just get excited and start acting foolish.

  • oooP

    when lebron was chasin him and he went behind the back, woooooow. rondo’d.

  • Jason

    Is the title supposed to say “There are words to describe Rondo… just no new ones”?

  • jared

    ive got one question…how long until we can sign him to another extenstion? Its kind of too bad we couldnt extend him by another 3 or 4 on top of of the 5 we just got him for. i have total confidence in this guy, so for me at least, committing for 8 years is a no brainer. The dude is so good and so smart that even when he slows, he will be awesome, a la steve nash.
    Also, I think the transition to the post-Pierce era is going to be easier than i ever thought. The best players in the world should be absolutely falling over themselves to play on a team with this guy. And thats half the battle.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/redsarmy Red’s Army

    I actually tweaked the headline.. I don’t think the other one worked very well.

  • jimkanicki

    i haven’t seen a comment on this yet, but i was most impressed with the crisp screens rondo used. he takes it by garnett/baby/whoever within an inch of him and by the time parker is tries to fight through the gate was shut. there’s no defense for that. best cavs can do is guard passing lanes and maybe box out and hope for a rebound.
    that said, the scariest stat (as a cavs fan) was the celts win on 1-14 from 3. (that won’t happen again.) imagine the problems defending him if he has warm kickout options.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/the_bantam the_bantam

    Right on Red’s. Right on. They just simply got Rondo’d. He does so much that sets up other moves/decisions later in the game that it’s too hard to pin point.
    Like the fake to Varajeo that got him so pissed in Game 2 that he clobbered Ray Ray.. how do you quantify that? It’s just.. Rondo’d.

  • Sami

    He majestically Rondo’d the Cav’s yesterday. So much so that at one point I asked myself how many Rondo’s were actually out there. He was everywhere it seemed, at least everywhere the ball was.