|Posted by B-PAUL on July 23, 2010 at 12:04 PM|
When the Boston Celtics season came to a rough halt on June 17, 2010 many thought the rollercoaster ride was finally over. In some ways I guess you can say it was, but in Rajon Rondo's case it sure wasn't. Rondo bounced back and forth multiple times when trying to make his decision on whether or not to play this summer for Team USA.
At first, because of a miscommunication, many thought that USA basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo stiffed Rondo out of an opportunity to make the squad. When the communication was corrected Colangelo extended an invite to Rondo, and Rondo accepted.
That was until a "family issue" came up and Rondo once again became unsure of whether or not he would attend the Team USA training camp in July. That "family issue" - combined with the wear and tear of the longest possible NBA season he could have played - left Colangelo, fans, and others wondering if Rondo would show up to camp on July 20th.
The always unpredictable Rondo showed up that day and now has a "very good, very good" chance of making the squad according to Colangelo. Right now there are 19 players at the camp in Las Vegas. Only 12 of those players will wind up making the actual team. So what are the chances Rondo makes the team?
There's one person whose opinion counts the most about whether Rondo makes the team. And while Colangelo isn't calling Rondo a lock for the final 12-man roster, he let it be known his chances are "very good, very good.''
Colangelo saying that twice means something. While Colangelo hasn't always been enamored with Rondo sometimes being reluctant to commit to USA Basketball, that's all now all in the past.
With what I have seen from Rondo during the past year, I also like his chances. With my bias put to the side I think it's safe to say he's currently a better choice than Russell Westbrook, Derrick Rose, or Chauncey Billups.
Another good sign comes from the videos that are coming out of the camp. In most of the videos I have seen Rondo has been practicing with Kevin Durant's unit. With Durant being probably the only definite lock this can only be good news.