It's not just that Rajon Rondo finds passing lanes where there are not apparently passing lanes, or regularly reaches seemingly unreachable spaces on the floor. That's remarkable enough, but how he gets there is what makes him great. What Rondo offers on a nightly basis is the possibility contained in the unknown. He is the deviant in a league that thrives on ritual and repetition.
Avery Bradley didn't come out of nowhere: he was a McDonald's All-American, a blue-chip recruit, and a big-time college player. But his sudden and surprising emergence as one of the most important and exciting players on the Celtics—and one of the best on-ball defenders in the NBA—has been the happiest of surprises.
One of the most rumored about players at the NBA trade deadline is also one of the league's strangest. A Celtics beat reporter details eighteen contradictions, facts, and anecdotes about Rajon Rondo.
Bill Lee is late. There are sixteen kids, their parents, and a man named Miro who is running for mayor waiting for him on a Little League baseball field in Burlington, Vermont. The weather is unusually cold for October, and now it’s starting to rain.