The NBA season officially got under way yesterday and I couldn’t be more excited. I know that most of you are staunchly anti-NBA and that’s understandable, but while it’ll always be second to college basketball in my heart, I can’t get enough of the professional game. If you happened to sneak out on Christmas family time and catch the games, you would have seen two young point guards with close ties to Kentucky program put on impressive performances.
There is no longer a big three. There is Rondo, a group of old men and Marquis Daniels. Without a doubt, Rondo is the most important player on the Boston Celtics. He nearly brought that team back from a huge deficit in New York against the Knicks without the help he’s had in years past. While the Celtics ended up losing, none of the blame can be put on Rondo, who finished with 31 points, 13 assists, five rebounds and five steals.
While Rondo’s performance was one of the most impressive of Christmas day, the title of most impressive might belong to Derrick Rose. Rose finished the night with 22 points, but none more important than his go ahead floater in the waning seconds of the game. Coach Cal’s most notable protege and the reigning NBA MVP is picking up right where he left off last season.