Feb 19, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Celtics 100-94. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Rajon Rondo: Free Agent Deterrent?!? Well, If ESPN Says So . . . .

Okay, Boston Celtics fans:

In case you don’t give twitter much mind, the other day there was a lengthy Twitter debate about whether Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo actually deterred other NBA players from wanting to come play for the Celtics.  Here is but a sample of the discussion:


Given the fact that the expert is ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, the guy who argued that one of the first things Brad Stevens should have done when he became head coach of the Celtics was to plead with  Danny Ainge “to jettison Rondo,” should put this discussion into some context for you.   Despite his claim that he is not biased at all, Goodman is biased – it’s not even an arguable point.

I would never be dumb enough to expect a writer such as Goodman to reveal his sources, for for those of you on Twitter who tried to hold that against him -come on.  No writer who wishes to continue writing would ever do that.  But here lies the danger inherent in the system: we’re totally at Goodman’s mercy.  As far as we we know, “talking to numerous players” could equal “I spoke with two guys who didn’t love Rondo.”

Not helping Goodman’s cause is the fact that there doesn’t seem to be ANY other writer who covers the NBA following up on such a story.  With the offseason in full swing, you better believe that this would qualify as a big story for writers who were looking for something, anything about which to write.

And anyway – whose word you gonna take: Jeff Goodman, or DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins?  (Head to the 26 minute mark if you must, but I recommend you watch the entire video.)

Look – Rajon Rondo is not perfect, we all know.  And I bet he is a pain in the ass to play against.  But come on: you want me to believe that NBA players who want to win a championship would steer clear of one of the best – if not THE best – dishers of the rock in the league, all because when they were playing against him he was fierce?

Any player who honestly would do that isn’t worth coming to Boston in the first place.  But this knock on Rondo is another dubious shot from the loaded gun that Jeff Goodman seems to enjoy pointing Rondo’s way.

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