Friday, May 4th, 2012 at 11:25 am  |  75 responses

Rajon Rondo Aims to Continue Being the ‘Best Point Guard in the NBA’

Rajon Rondo was quite feisty and combative when facing the media yesterday, upon his return from a one-game suspension for making contact with a referee. In addition to declaring that he feels as though Boston has basically already beaten the Hawks in their first round Playoff series, Rondo also let everyone know that he believes he’s the League’s best point guard. Per the Boston Herald: “Even when told Rivers expected him to come out hard in Game 3 and he was asked about having something to prove, Rondo played verbal defense. ‘I don’t have anything to prove,’ he said. ‘Why would I have anything to prove? I just want to win. That’s it. I’m confused about why you guys would think I have anything to prove. I mean, it’s a game I’ve been playing my entire life. The world knows what I can do. Like I said, the world knows what I can do. I’ll continue to go out there and play and do what I do best and be the best point guard in the NBA.’”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    He has said this before and I know he tells himself it but I have a feeling he’s much more comfortabble bragging out loud about his imaginary best PG title belt, now that he knows a certain someone who has been abusing him for quite some time is not waiting for him anymore in the 2nd round.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    John Wall is rolling over in his grave.

  • http://www.nba.com Gman

    Good for John Wall….

  • ash

    Nothing hear to write about..I wish th memebers of the media would stop making somethig out of nothing.

  • Bt

    John Wall??? If you’re even hinting John Wall is anywhere close to the best PG in the league your mistaken. He’s behind (in no order) Paul, Rondo, Williams, Westbrook, Rose, Nash, Parker, Curry, Lowry, Jennings and Even Irving and probably Calderon as well. Did you not see his shooting percentages (43%, 7% YES 7% 3PFG) or turnover numbers last season? Yet he still thought he was allowed to stare down opponents while dunking in blowout losses.

  • Ill Smith

    I’d have a real beef if he DIDN’T believe he was the best PG. Ask DRose, CP3, Westbrooks or Parker the same question & you’ll get the same answer, move along people.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    I must have missed the news of CP, DWill, Rose and TP dying in a plane crash.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com Off The Backboard

    @BT – They’re kidding.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Bt doesn’t quite get it..

  • josh

    rondo is the best pg without a doubt, the man almost averages a triple double

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Nick be trollin.

  • Mike Mihalow

    Rondo would barely crack my top 10.

  • Zabbah

    Rondo can lick my crack.

  • LA Huey

    Derek Fisher is rolling in his grave.

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    he is my favorite pure pg. Does that make him the best. No not really. But iam just not really into all these new sg/pg hybrids like rose and westbrook. For me a point guard has to get a couple of 15 plus assist games. Not score 30 points. So that makes rondo my personal no1 pg. Also making insane assists helps a lot.

  • http://slamonline.com YKnot

    Wall said he wants to the best pg in the game at the beginning of the season, that’s what they’re referencing. I’m sure everyone from DRose down to Lester Hudson said the same thing!

  • http://slamonline dan

    every top player has to believe that they are the best, – you wont get nowhere without belief

    Oh and how can anyone say that Rose is not no’1 ?????

    Reigning league MVP FFS!!!!

  • Duh

    God what i’d give for Rose to magically heal and remind Rondo why he pisses himself the night before he plays him. Too big for rondo, too fast, and most importantly, too good.

  • bike

    Just once, I would love to hear a player state that he strives for mediocrity and that being the best doesn’t mean anything to him. Just happy to be playing ball.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Rondo averaged a triple double against Rose in a playoff series….not saying he’s better, but he sure isn’t “Pissing himself”

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    cosign bike, what is rondo supposed to say, why even post this type of stuff. As far as assits goes though, he is right up there

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    It would only be weird if he came out and said, “I want to play like the 3rd or 4th best pg in the league, depending on who you ask, and during what point in the season.” This is normal. Even Mario Chalmers should walk onto the court thinking this.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    The fact that Rondo averaged a triple double against Rose in the playoffs when Rose was a rookie doesn’t change the fact that Rose, starting last season, regularly smokes Rondo.
    He’s dropped an average of 30.3 against him in their last 3 matchups.
    Of course, with Rose’s injury…who knows if he’ll be able to do that again :(

  • http://www.slamonline.com lalal

    @dan – rose is not – see i just said it – if rondo and rose played a one on one now – rondo would win – deny it !!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Dagger

    If you can’t score consistently you can’t call yourself the league’s best point. Period. Especially when your lack of scoring ability seriously impedes your team’s anemic offense.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Matic I’m not saying Rondo is as good as Rose at all, just that he’s not scared of him

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    1. Rose does handle Rondo. Rondo won the matchup when he was a rookie and hasn’t won since.
    2. Rondo still can’t shoot.
    3. Point guards do what their teams need. There is no rule that says you have to hand out 15 assists and even if there was Rose did that this year.

  • vtrobot

    What Rik Smits said. Plus you also add in some nice steals numbers and those crazy rebound numbers too? That’s a fun PG to watch. What’s the dude supposed to say, that he considers himself the 3rd best PG in the L? I know that RR has struggled against Rose. You know that RR has struggled against Rose. I would imagine that RR is aware of that too. Triple Double tonight. I’d like to see +20 assists.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    @Enig, wtf man, people need to stay optimistic. I’m one of the biggest rose/bulls fans (not to disrespect anyone) and I was/am absolutely heartbroken by Rose’s injury, I’ve read all about the ACL and every famous athlete who teared it but he WILL come back. Next season he will not be himself, he will be slower he will be playing scared and he will struggle but in 2 years you better believe Rose will be as good as he was in his MVP year and maybe even better because of all the hard work he will have to get through, the mental toughness he will develop and the strengthening of all his leg and upper body muscles. I believe in that 100% (and yes 2 years is a pretty long time but as you know he will only be 25).

  • LA Huey

    “Point guards do what their teams need.” Bottom line.

  • http://abcnews.com charliewinning

    Technically speaking all positions should do what their teams need. Lebron is as much a point guard as Rose when his team needs it. Shaq was an offensively dominant center who played great defense when he wanted. PG isn’ t the only position subject to pigeonholed-type of ideas. Pippen was your classic basketball do it all. People get too defensive over Rose.

  • Heals

    See what happens when you ya lock the kid up in his hotel room for a game…

  • Heals

    I just knew Rajon was going to come out abrasive/testy given his demeanor in the past, now he just needs to back it up (which he will). @Mike then your top 10 doesn’t mean shht…

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    Tony parker can do it all, and does do it all, in a very balanced manner. Also, no one can stop him.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp


    I agree completely. Great players do what their teams need. If you can’t change your game somewhat to fit your team’s needs then that says something about your greatness. Not everything, but something. Magic is better than Stockton in no small part because he could put on that “dominant scorer” hat on occasion if that’s what his team needed. Same thing Isiah, in my opinion.
    Jordan was easily a dominant scorer, but he also had a season where he averaged eight assists becasue that’s what he had to do. You can be great and one or two-dimensional, but when it comes to rank you against the other greats, you’re going to fall short.

  • http://www.slamonline.com The riddler

    Rondo on the lakers would be beast and if rondo develops a consistent mid range game he would be 1 in the laugue. Chris Paul is the best with all the intangibles he brings.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    As a Celtics fan I gotta love Rondo’s swagger, he’s still pissed off about that elbow injury stopping him testing the Heat, ECF are going to be huge this season.

  • T-Money

    rondo can be very hard to like sometimes.

  • LA Huey

    The thing I love about basketball is how fluid the positions can be. Any player can score, distribute, and grab boards if you have the requisite skill set. And everyone HAS to carry their weight on defense.

  • Heals

    @Tarzan, TonyP got hurt this year by his team’s own success. I totally agree with you, the Spurs usually beat teams so bad that TP isn’t even playing much of the 2nd half in games. When they played elite teams he always balled out. Just ask his teammates T-$$$…

  • Heals

    FYI I was agreeing with you T. The thing with Rajon is you have to have VERY thick skin both on and off the court to play with these Celtics. Rajon was already a self-assured person coming into the L. When KG arrived he was thrust into the role of mediator/director of team with 3 HOF’s, a powerful, no nonsense coach and title expectations. This process has molded the guy we see (and hear) today…

  • http://nba.com/celtics lights out

    i’m so glad that in what’s become a buddy-buddy, i-hope-people-like-me league, we have at least one young guy who doesn’t care about any of that crap. wish more players were like this.

  • Heals

    @AllenP, you read KeyonDooling’s comments about Rajon-Stockton. Basically pointing out how the media wets their collective panties when mentioning John, but paints RR as petulant, stand offish, selfish, stubborn, rude, arrogant, etc., yet Stockton acted very similar (never available for media, kept to himself before/after games and on/off the court, very little rapport during interviews, talks down to dumb questions or gives short answers) and was an incredibly dirty player too…

  • Heals

    @lightsout, Bynum and Rondo All NBA 1st Team “I don’t a give a uck”…

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    yeah a couple things.. @BT give wall 2 or 3 more years and he will be able to TORCH Rondo. can we all take a second and appreciate how many awesome physical gifts he has? guy’s 6’5(and still growing, apparently) he’s got the speed of a russell westbrook/derrick rose(plus derrick rose’s huge vertical) type, massive untapped defensive potential, incredible court vision, and he is rapidly becoming stronger. plus he’s a humble hard working guy, and that shot is slowly getting better. if you put “Curry, Lowry, Jennings and Even Irving and probably Calderon as well” over wall you’re going to look stupid very soon. plus wall passes better than rose and westbrook already, and arguably parker too.

    and guys let’s not act like Rondo completely destroyed rose that series. in game 1 rose dropped over 30 points on rondo (I think he tied Kaj’s record for most points scored in 1st playoff game by a rookie) and he had like 20+ for the series. yes rondo avg’d a triple double but rose gave him, and continues to give him BUCKETS. and I’ma huge rondo fan.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    if we’re talking about best pg as someone who can do everything the only 2 people who should be in the convo are D.will and (playoff) CP3.. every other elite pg will struggle under certain circumstances but those 2 would literally thrive anywhere. their games have very little weaknesses.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I didn’t see that, but it sounds right.
    I believe Rondo is a jerk to the media, and I understand why even if I think it’s a dumb decision.
    And I also understand why he’s treated differently.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    You’ll never be the best PG in the NBA if you don’t improve that jumper.


    He’s the best pure point in the league. His court vision and passing abilities are great. He can’t shoot? so the eff what. Jason kidd couldnt shoot for how many years? and who here would not put kidd in the HoF?

  • http://gmail.com z

    …i wonder why rondo gets treated differently by the media than stockton, when they both behave pretty similarly…

  • http://Facebook.com/tronjohnson Chief

    I believe Rondo was the only player in the nba with multiple triple doubles this year, so he carries some weight in this conversation. His lack of a shooting touch has created one of the more quicker one of a kind poit guards of all time. If you can’t recognize and admire his swagga he ain’t sweating it

  • haslem

    Chris Duhon is rolling over in his grave.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    z, my guess would be that the media likes white people more than black people. Stockton was white. Rondo is black.

  • LA Huey

    LakeShow, doesn’t like people beating around the bush. Haha. Respect.
    My All-Character/Personality Team: PG Rondo, SG Kobe, SF Scalabrine, PF, Glen Davis, C Dwight

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    I like rondo. but he isn’t the best pure point. Lebron has had triple doubles this year. I think wall has 2 but that might’ve been last year so idk. and lakeshow for some reason I think that’s sarcasm lmao

  • Top$helf

    I mean you should always think and feel like you’re the best at what you do whether you are or not

  • Jerome

    Rondo is gonna get a triple-double tonight.

  • Shifty

    I’m pretty sure rondo has the most triple doubles this season. I actually think only him and lebron are the closest at ever achieving the holy grail of averaging a triple double over a season. Also don’t expect rondo to get better at shooting. His 7 ft Somethig wingspan and hands bigger then lebrons will always give him trouble while shooting. He just has a unproportionate body.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Dagger

    RIGGS: Kidd in his prime was five times the scorer Rondo is and his court vision was simply on another level. Come on. You can’t compare the two. Best “pure” point doesn’t mean best passer who can’t shoot. Paul and Nash, for example, are clearly better “pure,” pass-first points while being better scorers, and not surprisingly they generate more wins for their teams than Rondo does.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Dagger

    BTW, someone who’s averaged less than 5 boards for the last 3 years is not a “walking triple double.” What does that make Lebron? Or Kidd, who twice averaged more than 8 rebounds? What did that make Magic?

  • http://slamonline dan


    I’m talking playoff basketball not 1 on 1

    1 on 1 rose would win shmuck

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    @mike: Rondo would “barely crack” your top 10? You’ve got to be kidding me.

  • Sean

    TONY PARKER. I don’t need to list injured players to make this guy look like a tool.

  • Heals

    Props to those calling the 3×10, next beer on me…

  • Jerome

    Right on, Heals

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Enigmatic is back! Where you been at holmes?!?

  • dan

    rose shouldnt be in this convo anyway. he never was, never will be the best point guard. when he got elected as the mvp the nba just needed a new darling. he is a very good player tho. in terms of the requierements of the position thats only a discussion between paul, williams and maybe parker. after that come rondo westbrook rose and nash. if lin learns to dribble low and gain stamina during the summer he might join the debate too

  • tyler

    you guys are idiots especially you shifty, rondos the closest to averaging the holy grail triple double for a season ? does anyone here know who oscar roberston is respect the old school dumbasses

  • pamela

    Rondo is simply the best purest point guard in the league. He is often misjudge because of his temperment rather than his talent. If Rondo had a sunnier personality or showed humility he would be better liked. Rondo appears to have a healthy suspicion of the media and seems wary when responding to their often demeaning questions. I suspect because Rondo believes he is the best he is judged both arrogant and wrong. Numbers do not lie though check out his stats for the year.

  • Brent

    Rondo is the best “quarterback” in the NBA hands down. He may not be the best scorer but is definitely a pure pg.

  • jake

    Sorry buddy first you gotta beat, Drose, Russel westbrook, CP3, Deron Williams, and Tony Parker.

  • DiMes

    I truly believe with this 20 pt and 16 assists performance today that Rondo is the best point guard int the NBA.


    16 assists has been done only 8 times in Celtic history.

    Rajon Rondo has done it 7 out of the 8 times.


    and the game before that rondo just dropped a trip dub AGIAN.

    D Rose will never be the sma again. TP isn’t good enough. Only cp3 has legit stats to face Rondo.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Chris Paul.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    About a year ago someone in NBA management proposed a CP3-Rondo trade straight up. It was then shot down by every-other media outlet and NBA ‘expert’ across the nation as a preposterous idea. Every other except Boston of course.

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