Over the past 10 days, Rajon Rondo has made two absolutely insane passes. They weren’t behind-the-back passes or no-look dishes, and they didn’t lead to spectacular dunks, so they are the type of plays that recede out of public consciousness amid an 82-game season.
Not here. Enjoy.
First, from 3/26 against the Kings:
But then Rondo topped himself against the Rockets on Friday:
(Essential slow-mo at :29):
I remember watching Game 4 of the 1997 Finals between the Bulls and Jazz with my Dad. This was the game in which Utah rallied late behind an incredible series of plays by John Stockton, including a sequence with about 50 seconds left in which Stock, with Utah trailing 73-72, rebounded an MJ miss and threw a one-handed pass almost the entire length of the court and over two Chicago defenders pursuing the target receiver (Karl Malone). The pass hit Malone in stride, and The Mailman laid the ball in for the lead. (You can see the pass at about the 50 second mark of this video).
My Dad just marveled at that pass. He said a casual sports fan would just have no idea how difficult a pass that was. And to risk it with the Utah season on the line! He couldn’t get over it, and he was right.
These Rondo passes? Sure, nothing significant was at stake. But they’re just as good as that Stockton pass.
Now if Rajon could ever learn to shoot like Stock…