Posts Tagged With: Dallas Mavericks

Rajon Rondo’s Return to Boston

Boston is familiar to Rajon Rondo, but playing there Friday night won’t quite be the same. He won’t be¬†rocking the same green and white uniform he’s worn since he was traded to the Celtics in 2006 shortly after being drafted by the Phoenix Suns. This time, he’ll be the opponent from Dallas wearing blue and white. Rondo admitted that the return will be somewhat emotional, but sought advice from former Celtics teammate Paul Pierce, who told him to “keep blinking when I look up so I don’t cry.”

Rondo was traded to the Dallas Mavericks on Dec. 18 after rumors of him being traded have been swirling around for years. This time, the trade was official and completed with Rondo playing in his first game as a Mav just a few days later. Now, with six games under his belt on his new team and not even a month away from Boston, he’s back. Rondo will be greeted by former teammates, some of which he calls his friends. Jeff Green, for one, considers the point guard a good friend and said it will be “weird¬†to see him in a different colored uniform.” He can also look forward to a video tribute and a warm welcome from fans, which will make it a little more difficult for him to keep his composure.

Though it wasn’t his choice, leaving Boston for Dallas is a better move for Rondo’s career and certainly increases his chances of adding to the lone championship he won as a Celtic in 2008. The Mavs have a more complete team to which he adds, as opposed to a young and rebuilding Celtic team, which includes a young Brad Stevens coach in his second year of coaching in the NBA.

As far as the game this evening, I see the Mavericks getting the road win, which will probably be bittersweet for Rondo. The win will be good for him and his new team, but in the back of his mind, Rondo can’t help but to forget about the Celtics team that made him the player he is today.

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Andrew Bynum: worth the risk?

After being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers and not playing all season due to knee problems, Andrew Bynum is now a free agent. Bynum is also reportedly not willing to work out for teams, yet the Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks are still showing interest in him.

The Cavaliers have already offered Bynum $24 million and he will meet with both the Hawks and Mavericks this week, as early as today. However, with Bynum’s seemingly uncaring attitude, is he worth it?

Last year, the 76ers acquired Bynum as part of a four-team trade, which included the Sixers former shooting guard Andre Iguodala moving to the Denver Nuggets. This deal backfired on Philadelphia when Bynum never played in a single game during the season.

The reason was because of his left knee injury, which led to surgery, ending his season. However, Bynum disregarded the rehabilitating knee and went bowling, injuring his right knee.

Although Bynum said that bowling was no more strenuous than what he does in rehab, most athletes alike know that they are supposed to be very careful what they do to ensure that they heal and rehab quickly and effectively. Yet, he did not take those preventative measures.

Bynum also had problems while being with the Lakers organization. During some of his time there, he worked out with Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. This was going well until Bynum felt he learned all he needed to learn from Abdul-Jabbar.

Abdul-Jabbar is a little before my time, but I do know that he is one of the greatest Lakers of all time.

He has worked with many players in the NBA as well as WNBA rookie Brittney Griner to help improve their game. Bynum as young as he is but feeling that he had outgrown an NBA great like Abdul-Jabbar speaks volumes about him as a person.

Bynum also had behavior problems on and off the court while with the Lakers. One of the most remembered on-court “temper tantrums” that he had was a bad foul on JJ Barea against the Dallas Mavericks during the 2011 playoffs. (Note: He was suspended five games for this but did later apologize).

Despite all of this, Bynum does have a dominant presence and is a good center when he wants to play. During the 2011-2012 season, Bynum averaged 18.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks.

However, do the pros outweigh the cons? How well will Bynum do on whatever team he decides to go to? And will he even play this season? Only time will tell.

 

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