Dallas Mavericks’ mid-season acquisition Rajon Rondo is out indefinitely with a back injury. This report is coming less than 24 hours after he played a playoff career low 10 minutes in the Game 2 loss against the Houston Rockets. Coincidence? NO. This Rondo experiment has been a nightmare and it is not even a question. The Mavericks are a MUCH better team when Rondo is riding the bench. This “back injury” is just a cover up. Rondo doesn’t want to play. Although he hasn’t explicitly said that, it is obvious if you watch the game. He calmly walked up the court and got a 8-second violation. Merely seconds later, he let Jason Terry (the man he was supposed to guard) shoot a wide open three because he was just standing around on defense. He then played only 34 seconds in the second half. What happened in those 34 seconds? He picked up a technical and 3 personal fouls trying to guard James Harden. For a “star” point guard, he certainly hasn’t played like it the past 3-4 months.
Since the trade the Mavericks’ offense has been average and their defense has also been average. That is unacceptable for a team that had championship aspirations and expectations. The Mavericks were on pace to have the best offense in league history. Rondo’s presence on the team has destroyed their offense and only barely improved their defense. According to CBS Sports, “Rondo is done in Dallas ‘as long as the coach is back”. Rondo or Carlisle. Rondo has given the Mavericks an ultimatum that is, quite frankly, VERY easy to choose. #LetRondoGo. As a Mavericks fan, at the beginning of the season I had high hopes. I pegged the Mavericks as dark horse title contenders. Now, I can’t wait for the season to end and look forward to next year and attempt to once again give Dirk the team he deserves in his twilight years.
-Brian Nguyen (LRHS)