We’re going to take some special time today to bring an end to our ongoing KSR love-fest with Rajon Rondo, at least until next season. While Boston went down to Orlando last night, Rondo blossomed into a star in the playoffs, often carrying the shorthanded Celts in their two epic seven-game series. His emergence as a top-notch NBA baller is exactly the kind of exposure that will help accomplish Coach Calipari’s mission to rebuild the Kentucky brand and make us the ‘it’ program in college basketball.
For some time, North Carolina has been the gold standard in terms of producing successful pros. However, we are on the cusp of Kentucky changing that dynamic. With Rondo’s youthful rise to stardom, Tayshaun Prince’s veteran presence (yeah…Tay is a vet now…makes you feel a little old.), Patrick Patterson a sure first-rounder next year and Coach Calipari’s penchant for landing the big fish out of the recruitng pond, Kentucky is poised to challenge Carolina for top billing with regard to NBA success. The guys Calipari turned out at Memphis aren’t hurting things for our image, either. Did anybody remember to send Memphis a thank you card?
While this is just one of what will be a constancy of battles with the Heels as the Calipari era unfolds, we’ll leave that debate for another day. Instead, we’ll give one final big ups to Rajon on a great 2009 season and playoffs, even if he thinks his third year was a disappointment without a second ring. We’ll also watch him dunk on Dwight Howard. Again.
I’ll have a rundown of how the season went for all the former Wildcats playing in the NBA tomorrow afternoon. Whatever you do until then, don’t break into this woman’s house.