View Full Version : Shaquille O'Neal Claims President Obama Ruined Rajon Rondo's Jump Shot‎

08-18-2011, 03:48 PM
In early March some of the guys went to the museum of Fine Arts for a fund-raiser and got to hang with President Barack Obama. Everyone was a little bit in awe. The President turns to Ray [Allen], points at Rondo, and says, "Hey, Ray, why don't you teach this kid how to shoot?" Everyone starts laughing.


KG told me he saw the look on Rondo's face and the kid was devastated, embarrassed. Dissed by the President, even though I'm sure Obama didn't mean any harm. Rondo smiled and went along with all of it, but KG told me he could see it in his eyes. It bothered Rondo. It killed him.

The next day Rondo shot the ball horribly. He stopped taking shots after that. He's so sensitive. I think it was a real jolt to hear the outside perception of a basketball fan who happens to be the President of the United States. It messed with his mind. I'm sure of it.

Rondo can't shoot. That knowledge spreads across all party lines. But he was able to maintain a sound shooting percentage with his drives and interior finishes throughout the first half of 2010-11.

This included 54 percent shooting in November, 58 percent in December, 50 in January, and 48 percent shooting in February. Then came the early March visit with the president. Rondo shot 41 percent in March and 40 percent in April.

Again, all this could be another attention-grab from O'Neal, who was famously declined unannounced access to the White House earlier this year. Rondo looked noticeably less aggressive and/or enthusiastic as the season moved along, but can we blame this on a quip from the president?

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