I have learned to love Rondo for what he is. I must say that I was the last person in my immediate and extended family to come around and embrace him. For some reason, I have always seen past the flash and the highlights and nitpicked his game - it went beyond his elusive jump shot and concentrated more on his "punkness." I abhor how he lets balls roll along before picking up the dribble (I know the reason for it, but it still looks ridiculous on TV) and even though his lobs and alley-oops guarantee easy, high percentage shots for the Celtics, I cannot help but hold my breath and think KG or Glenn Davis are a miscalculated pass away from a broken ankle.
But I can get past all of that because I really do accept the fact that Rajon Rondo is an amazing basketball player. However, he needs to grow up and he needs to be a professional and he needs to protect his asset, which are his ankles, his legs, his hamstrings - his whole body. He wears low-top basketball sneakers; never fully ties his sneakers and sometimes refuses to get taped up. Do you wonder why he is having all these lower body/leg/foot problems? Forget all the compression socks, leggings, arm sleeves, etc. - a player's most important gear are his sneakers.
If Rondo continues to be stubborn about these things, then he is being disrespectful to the game of basketball, his teammates, his coaches, his bosses who pay him dearly and most of all to himself because he is not allowing himself to be the best player he can be, which is the best player in the game. Rajon, please wear high top sneakers and wear them properly.