The Leader of Gang Green

By Eric D. Graham BASN columnist
Updated: May 23, 2012

Leader of the pack

Leader of the pack

NORTH CAROLINA (BASN)–He is a fierce competitor, who hates to lose.

He is a throwback player, who could have played with Larry Bird, Robert Parrish, Kevin McHale and Dennis Johnson.

Why? Because, he bleeds Celtic green, with or without the headband.

For this reason, he is the leader of Gang Green.

And even though, Boston has been blessed with the Big Three.

They should be called the Fantastic Four.

Because, he is the one who dictates the flow of the game on the floor.

He is the master of tempo.

Plus, he is the heart of the team, who is always in the attack mode.

Yet, he is the pacemaker, who has the ability to speed the game up or slow the game down with the Doctor’s permission of course.

He is mentally tough, with cat-like quickness and the eyes of a bald eagle.

His on-court shiftiness allows him to get to the rim with ease.

He is a maestro of misdirection, who plays the game of basketball like a jazz musician.

He is Be-bop.

Swing. Free, Fusion, and Cool.

He is the Charlie Parker of Basketball.

But he is smoother than any saxophone player.

Why? Because, he is a stat stuffer, who usually ends the game with a double-double.

And sometimes, a triple double.

17 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists, is easy for him.

He proved this against the Atlanta Hawks.

He proved it once again on May 12 in Philadelpia, where he had another playoff triple-double by scoring 13 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing out 17 assists.

Over the past 25 years of the NBA playoffs (1988-2012), only 11 players have recorded a triple-double with one or no turnovers. Ironically, Rondo was the last player to accomplish this feat, which he successfully did on April 26, 2009, when he had 25 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists and only one turnover in a playoff loss to the Chicago Bulls.

But despite all of that, he is overlooked and overshadowed by Chris Paul, Tony Parker, and Derrick Rose.

His odd sounding name-Rajon Rondo, however, perfectly fits his ambidextrous, laissez-faire style.

Because he is more of a slasher than a shooter.

More a playmaker than a scorer.

Therefore, you have to constantly keep your eyes on him at all times.

Because, he is an on-court whodini, who has the ability to avoid double-teams by dribbling pass defenders by taking the ball between his legs, behind his back, crossing them up before performing a no-look pass, a lob, an ally-hoop or the perfect bounce pass.

He, quite frankly, is a magician with the basketball, who has been blessed with an array of trick shots.

His circus act include his “slick” scoop shot, the dipsy-do,the Boston baked bean backboard jumper, the Fenway free-throw floater and the Lindsey low-hand.

Plus, there is his awkward, acrobatic off the wrong foot, with the wrong hand, lucky leprechaun lay-up, which usually leaves the Boston Garden mystified.

With all of these moves, you would think he was an old school player.

But, he oddly looks like a teenager when standing beside Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen.

Therefore, the Boston Baby-face Nelson should “assist” the Celtic nation with more championship banners in the near future, if General Manager Danny Ainge doesn’t trade him first.

This, of course, would be a big-mistake see-ing Rondo not wearing the Boston green.

Because no other point guard in the NBA can do what he does night after night?

Currently, Rondo is averaging 15.9 points per game, while distributing 13.1 assists, collecting. 6.7 rebounds and 2.8 Steals.

Now, that doesn’t sound like trade-bait to me.