I was excited about watching USA Basketball this weekend. Everyone was, right? Rondo is a walking tripple double, a pass-first virtuoso, an absolute rocket, and the infamous thief. When Rondo is on the floor, the game changes. I just find it very difficult to believe that Rondo was anywhere close to getting cut from team USA. No chance, there is no disputing that he is capable of completely dominating the best teams in the world.
If Kevin Durant could have heated up (or anyone for that matter) early in any of these games, Rondo would have had 10 assists.
If Rondo's mindset was to score, he would have averaged 15pts.
RR is a true point guard. He needs to be the leader, he needs to control the game, he always gets everyone involved over himself. It's a good thing he isn't a great shooter, or else he probably wouldn't have developed such phenomenal court vision. He might be the most skilled pure point guard in the league. No team in this world is going to cut him.
So, does this all come down to Derrek Rose?
Rose the #1 pick. The offensive animal. The USA vs. Spain lame-game hero. The guy who solved team USA's 1st quarter ice by creating his own offense. Derrek Rose, team USA starting "point guard". Who could possibly argue with the fact that he is a great scorer, and even an almost-above-average player to bring the ball past half court?
So it goes. Rose gets the nod that he is going to make the starting lineup. It is no surprise that Rondo left. It was his team and his pace, or goodbye. Was there ever a chance he was going to play on a team under Derrek Rose. No.
Good for him.