The Monday Night Scratching Post
Rajon Rondo is the talk of the NBA right now. Whether it’s trade rumors, anti-trade rumors, or the Wall Street Journal annointing him the “new king of the triple-double”, Rondo is hot. Yet with all of his success, there still seems to linger a perception that Rondo has an attitude problem. I think a lot of this has to do with Rondo just not liking reporters and the headlines, stories and dramas they try and create to help sell their magazine and newspapers. During interviews he often appears completely disinterested and ready to leave, answering questions quickly and with little enthusiasm. So it’s not surprising when these same reporters turn right back around and label Rondo with having an “attitude problem”. Maybe he does, with them, but a large group of people would beg to differ. Go ask the people who have enjoyed the parks built by Rondo through his charity partnership with Red Bull if he has an attitude problem. Go ask that guy pictured above who got to play two games of HORSE with Rondo the night before his monster triple-double if he has an attitude problem. Go ask the people who participate in Rondo’s annual basketball camp he hosts back in his hometown of Louisville if he has an attitude problem. Rondo is not only a tremendous basketball player, he’s a gracious person who is willing to take time out of his busy schedule for others and give back to his community, just not with reporters. Perspective people…perspective. Onto the news.
NBACats in Action
– In what appears to be evidence of a massive “anti-NBACat” movement going on in the backrooms and hallways of the NBA, Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks did not play Nazr Mohammed tonight in the teams 95-91 victory over the Mavericks. I don’t know if he has been talking to NBACat hater Stan Van Gundy or not, but we have to get to the bottom of this. A full post game recap can be found here.
– In related news, Vinny Del Negro appears to be receiving terroristic threats for not playing Eric Bledsoe, and they’re working. Bledsoe played a season-high 14 minutes tonight in the Clippers 94-95 loss to the TimberWolves, adding 7 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist. With Eric now receiving support from multiple Al-Queda sleeper cells within the US, look for his minutes to continue to rise (disclaimer: Eric Bledsoe is not a terrorist). A full post game recap can be found here.
– In a bit of sad news, Jodie Meeks lost his starting job to Evan Turner tonight, and the 76ers played like a team in disaray, losing to the Milwaukee Bucks 97-93. Meeks came off the bench to contribute 13 points (5-10 shooting) and 2 rebounds in 18 minutes of action. Turner was awful in his first start of the season, finishing with 2 point on 1 for 12 shooting, but did add 12 rebounds. Let’s hope this little experiment of starting Turner ends before it gains any traction. A full post game recap can be found here.
– It’s just depressing reading the Orlando Magic boxscore every night, as once again Daniel Orton and DeAndre Liggins failed to play in their teams 92-88 victory over the Raptors. I think Van Gundy just hates Kentucky. Jamaal Magloire had a solid outing for the Raptors. The Canadian finished with 2 points and 5 rebounds in 16 minutes of action. A full post game recap can be found here.
– The second to worst team in the NBA, the Washington Wizards, lost again tonight, this time to the Warriors 120-100. Despite the awful team performance, John Wall was spectacular once again, finishing with 20 points (7-10 shooting), 14 assists and 6 rebounds. I hate to see such a talent like Wall wasted on a team like the Wizards, but with each loss the possibility of watching Wall throw lob passes to Anthony Davis goes up, and that makes us happy. A full post game recap can be found here.
– Enes Kanter and the Jazz beat the Cavaliers tonight 109-100. Kanter struggled in the game, making only 1 of his 6 shot attempts on his way to a 2 points, 3 rebound performance in 8 minutes of action. Hopefully the Jazz will make some trades before the March 15th deadline and Kanter can either start getting more minutes, or find a team that can better utilize the former #3 pick’s tremendous talent. A full post game recap can be found here.
– Demarcus Cousins and Chuck Hayes are currently still playing, so we’ll get to their game in the Morning Furball.
That’s it for now. Before we go I want to give a big shout out and special thanks to the guys over at wildcatmaniacs.com for being the first UK fan website to link one of our stories, be sure to go check out their website. Also, don’t forget to check out the new NBACats Facebook page, follow us on Twitter @nbaCATS, and keep checking the site during your day for all of the lates stories, boxscores and news about our NBACats. Goodnight!