Rajon Rondo: Boston Celtics Star PG Wrong to Say He's Best Point Guard in NBA

Ben ShapiroAnalyst IIIJuly 30, 2012

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 09:  Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics speaks with the media after losing to the Miami Heat in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on June 9, 2012 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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It is one of those cases where there might not be a "right" answer. 

When Rajon Rondo was asked by a French basketball website about how he would grade his own leadership abilities, he was candid. 

"I think I am one of the best play-makers in the league. I think I'm the best point guard in the league," he said.

Even Boston Celtics fans who literally bleed green and white might not be on board with that declaration. 

After all, this is the age of the point guard. 

Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook, Derrick Rose, Steve Nash and Tony Parker are just a small sample of the talent the NBA currently possesses at the point guard position. 

Rajon Rondo is in that class. Is he at the top? Even if he is, should he be openly declaring he is the best in the league?

There are circumstances when a player is actually asked a question about their place among the league's best players. Those are tough questions. A player doesn't want to brag, but at the same time there's no reason to lie either.

Most professional athletes have gone through the bulk of their lives as the best at their given sport, no matter what level they've competed.

Of course, once a player reaches the professional ranks, they're now surrounded by other players who have spent their lives excelling at that given sport.

Rondo's answer was not just slightly misguided from a PR standpoint. It is also one of those questions that will just incite debate. "Who is the best point guard in the NBA?" has no real consensus answer right now.

Most of those "best of" questions don't have easy answers in sports.

Michael Jordan was the greatest basketball player of his generation.

Pedro Martinez was the greatest pitcher of the late 1990s.

Mariano Rivera is the greatest closer ever.

Is Rondo the best point guard in the NBA? 

He's in the discussion, but so is 2010-11 NBA MVP Derrick Rose. So are Chris Paul and three-time champ Tony Parker. It is a highly competitive field.

Also, given the fact that he wasn't actually asked who he thought the best point guard in the NBA was, his answer does smack of bragging.

There is a fine line between being honest about your own abilities and inciting or inspiring your opponents to step up their games when they face you.

Rondo and the Celtics don't need every point guard in the league being reminded in advance of a Celtics matchup, that they're facing "the best."

Rex Ryan of the New York Jets has spent every season he's been in charge in New York City telling everyone how good the Jets were. 

He has yet to back it up.

It would seem to make sense that by telling everyone how good the Jets are, opponents might have a bit more motivational bulletin-board material prior to head-to-head matchups.

Basically, Rondo's statement serves no purpose.

Celtics fans that root for Rondo in the first place already respect Rondo. They'd root for him if he was the No. 2 or No. 3 point guard in the league.

Celtics haters were not going to buy into that theory before he made it publicly known, and they're not going to buy into it after Rondo has said it either.

All it is going to do is offer a little added motivation to his opponents and their fanbases. Can Rondo and the Celtics overcome that? Of course they can, but that doesn't mean in it was not an ill-conceived statement.

Is Rondo the best point guard? Maybe, but saying it won't do anything. Winning on the court and in the playoffs will ultimately go a long ways toward winning the debate, so why make that formidable task even tougher?