Barring a setback, tomorrow night will mark the return of Rajon Rondo. Almost a year since the announcement of his ACL tear, the four time all star will once again grace the parquet with his presence against the Boston Celtics' greatest historical rival.
There will be a plethora of questions surrounding his return: Is he coming back too early? Should he stay out longer to help us tank? If he plays well will the Celtics look to move him? If he plays well will he prove to be the franchise building block? How much will the downtime effect his shot? Is he ready for the bigtime again? Should he have gone down to the D-League first? What was that whole sent down to the D-League thing all about anyways? That whole '29,233,380 secs' tweet was very 'Lost' of Rondo. Does he like 'Lost'? What did he think of the finale? Has too much time passed for me to still be thinking about 'Lost?'
Here's what I ask: Tomorrow night, shut your brain off. Between 7:30 pm and 10:00 tomorrow night, stop asking questions and take a moment to enjoy Rajon Rondo for everything he is.
As a reminder, check out this mix. Honestly, check it out. Don't worry, I'll wait.
(OK, I lied. I didn't wait. I posted the link and kept writing)
He's a 6 foot 1, wirey, athletic freak. He sees things on the court that no one one else can. He makes passes that I didn't think were physically possible. On what feels like a nightly basis, he does something on the court that's never been seen before.
He's feisty, firey, yet somehow a completely unselfish basketball player, and he loves nothing more than to win. There's not another player in the league like him, and there never has been. 'Expect the unexpected' is a overused term, but it's what Rajon Rondo does. He'll throw a behind the back pass when you think he's going to lay it in, he'll lay it in when you think he's going to pass, he goes hard when you think he'll let up, and he'll dunk the ball in your face when you least expect it.
In a league filled with copycats, it speaks world's about his ability that no one has come close to replicating his playing style. Simply put - He is a freaking delight to watch.
There will be questions. Excellent topics for debate. But remember that there's a reason we get so riled up debating these things: At the end of the day, we all love watching this beautiful game. And there's few players in the league that make it more enjoyable than the point guard of our team.
Welcome Back, Rajon Rondo. You've been missed.
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