Apparently he is not the only guy who thinks Rondo would be a great fit for the Knicks, he’s got coach Kurt Rambis in his corner. That according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.
The Knicks are campaigning openly to see if they can find a new starting point guard next season. Carmelo Anthony lobbied for free-agent-to-be Rajon Rondo earlier in the road trip — and he will grace the Garden on Sunday, when the Kings face the Knicks. According to an NBA source, Rambis is high on Rondo and what he can do in the triangle.
A few thoughts and questions here.
Is Kurt Rambis going to be around to coach whoever is the point guard next year?
How much triangle are the Knicks going to run?
Will the Knicks still feel the same way about Rondo after getting an up-close look at him Sunday?
Jackson wants a guard who can penetrate, but Rondo doesn’t do that like he used to, in part because defenders do not respect his shot and go under every pick, playing back off him to take away the drive. It hurts the Kings’ spacing — the starters play much better when Darren Collison is subbed in for Rondo (although the sample size numbers there are very small). Rondo is putting up raw numbers this season — 11.9 points and 11.9 assists a game — but he’s not establishing an offensive flow, and his defense has slipped considerably.
Is Rondo an upgrade over Jose Calderon (who is good with being reduced to a bench role next season)? Sure. But not as much of one as some might think.
The Knicks do need a point guard this summer, but they have a lot of bigger picture questions they need to answer first.