With a deep backcourt that includes Chauncey Billups and Russell Westbrook, there were questions about Rajon Rondo on Team USA. Basically, how would his game translate to the international stage? Could his lack of a steady outside shot cost him?
And was he really committed to the team after seeming to waffle on his commitment?
On the first part, Rondo told Sports Illustrated it was not about his willingness to play, it was about his body after a long season.
“It wasn’t that I didn’t want to be here,” he said. “It’s the wear and tear on my body. I played  games last year. I was pretty banged up after the season. It was the same thing the last couple of years. I’m young, which is probably the only reason why I’m here. If I was a little older, I probably wouldn’t have done it.”
As for how his game translates — Rondo has been one of the standouts in camp. He makes good decisions in transition and with a young team that can run he gets a lot of opportunities. He likely will be headed on to New York, where 15 players will go to compete for 12 roster spots next month.
If you believe there is a difference between being dunked on and being dunked around, this definitely falls in the latter category.
Still, it’s an impressive move by Toronto’s Anthony Bennett to make the move and dunk around Lakers’ big man Robert Upshaw during the Raptors’ 105-97 preseason win over the Lakers Thursday night.
Bennett only had four points, but Kyle Lowry had another impressive preseason outing with 25. He has looked sharp. Julius Randle had 17 for the Lakers on 7-of-10 shooting.
The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:
In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.