Not surprisingly, OTR’s Republican older brother tipped us off on this one. He would love nothing more than for this to be true. It would be another bad thing Obama did, and it would be to the hated Boston Celtics.
According to Shaquille O’Neal in some new book of his, Barack Obama ruined Rajon Rondo’s jumpshot. He claims he made a somewhat good-natured jab at him, but that Rondo took it really hard. From the book:
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.
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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.
We all know that Rondo has no jumper. You can look at his scoring stats, but a lot of that comes on drives, which he does really well. But, after the visit with the president in March, he shot 41% in March and 40% in April. Coincidence?
Side note though: While Obama was probably just cracking wise trying to be one of the guys, that’s kind of a mean thing to say. As intelligent as Obama is, and as well spoken as he is, he does let stuff come out of his mouth sometimes that he should just keep to himself. Like the comments about the Special Olympics and the Boston Police (unrelated stories by the way). I’ll still take those occasional slips over the idiot who can’t remember “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”