Part of the movie going experience is to suspend belief and jump into the world of the characters, of the film maker. We believe that there is a matrix. We don’t question how in Ocean’s 11 (the George Clooney/Brad Pitt one) they get all those fliers down into the vault that get carried out as the fake money. We just let things go.
Not Rajon Rondo.
In a fantastic story for ESPN about how Rondo’s mind works — and questioning if you can build a team around that — Baxter Holmes gets Rondo talking about movies and how he can’t just suspend belief. (Hat tip Eric Freeman at Ball Don’t Lie.)
Provide him with bad information? “Your credibility is shot,” Rondo says. And if he doesn’t buy the narrative, even off the floor, he’ll bail, he’ll disengage, as he does on movies whose storylines stray from logic, even for a moment. His last theater walkout: The Equalizer, starring Denzel Washington. “I didn’t understand how he got the cop’s number,” Rondo says, referencing a certain scene. “It was just too much.” He recently watched the movie again to see if he could stomach it. He couldn’t.
Picking apart the flaws of the Equalizer is a Homer Simpson level mental challenge. Can’t blame Rondo here, and at least he gave the film a second chance.
Rondo’s confidence and his unshakable belief in what he sees as the right way to do things makes him difficult to play with, but also makes him like some of the greatest players of all time (Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, etc.). The question teams need to ask themselves during free agency this season, is Rondo’s talent level worth that locker room challenge? More than a few teams will answer that it will. Is Dallas one of those?