The fine folks over at Red Bull have announced a “Rajon Rondo 2-on-2 Basketball Tournament.” It’s a 32-team tournament held in various cities, including Boston. The winner takes home the grand prize of $2,000. There’s one caveat: you play by Rondo’ rules. The breakdown goes as follows:
- 2 points for a made basket
- 3 points for blocking a dunk or pinning a shot against the backboard
- 3 points for stripping the ball
- 3 points for making a defender fall
- 3 points for dunking on an opponent
Interestingly enough, there are zero points for a made free throw or an assist, and no three-pointers. You would think a game played by Rondo’s Rules would include assists somehow, but the lack of free throws and threes are a smart move. I don’t recall too many times he’s “pinned attempted dunks against the backboard,” although he has had it done TO him so there’s that.
You have to love the points for “making a defender fall.” It’s a bit reminiscent of the old Nintendo game “Arch Rivals.” I’m willing to bet that rule gets misinterpreted just a little bit. Things could turn into a game that represents the late 90’s Pistons vs. the mid-90’s Knicks. But why stop there? Since it’s 2-on-2, he should make it NBA JAM style and give 10 points for a half-court dunk, 20 for a shattered backboard, and automatically set the nets on fire when a player makes three consecutive baskets.