Jinx us once, shame on you. Jinx us twice, we’ll never forgive you. The mind freaking powers of President Barack Obama are respected and feared within the Kentucky fan base after the Commander In Chief sent the 2009-10 team on a crash course with their first loss just hours after holding a conference call to tell them how great they were. Now it seems his ability to jinx is even stronger than once believed, according to Shaquille O’Neal, who says in an upcoming book that Obama is the reason that Rajon Rondo struggled down the stretch last season and appeared to be less confident in his shot.
Here’s an excerpt from Shaq Uncut, which will be released November 15:
In early March some of the guys went to the museum of Fine Arts for a fund-raiser and got to hang with President Barack Obama. Everyone was a little bit in awe. The President turns to Ray, points at Rondo, and says, “Hey, Ray, why don’t you teach this kid how to shoot?” Everyone starts laughing.
KG told me he saw the look on Rondo’s face and the kid was devastated, embarrassed. Dissed by the President, even though I’m sure Obama didn’t mean any harm. Rondo smiled and went along with all of it, but KG told me he could see it in his eyes. It bothered Rondo. It killed him.
The next day Rondo shot the ball horribly. He stopped taking shots after that. He’s so sensitive. I think it was a real jolt to hear the outside perception of a basketball fan who happens to be the President of the United States. It messed with his mind. I’m sure of it.
Rondo has not commented on the situation and most likely won’t, and you can be your own judge on whether or not it affected him. After the meeting, Rondo averaged more points and rebounds and committed fewer turnovers per game, but also averaged fewer steals and assists. Either way, you can’t deny the painful fact that the former Kentucky point guard had a stable job under former President Bush and now finds himself unemployed during this era of Obama.
Nerd Fight! Go!