The last time Rajon Rondo and USA Basketball got together, the relationship didn't end well what with Rondo not getting along with his teammates (surprise!), finding himself on the verge of being cut and pre-emptively abandoning the team in Turkey.
This was back in the fall of 2010, as Team USA prepared for the World Championships, and at the time, we assumed that Rondo prematurely parting ways with the team wouldn't bode well for his chances of representing his country at the 2012 London Games. Furthermore, we didn't know if Rondo in the eyes of Team USA was even good enough to make the team, or if he was even interested in playing to begin with. Either way, there appeared to be a better chance of Rondo winning this year's 3-Point Contest than there was of him suiting up for the Red, White and Blue.
Anyway, whatever suspense there was is now over. As Rondo according to Chris Sheridan has been left off the preliminary roster:
Here's the 19-man list, as reported by Sheridan.
As you can see, there are five true point guards on the list, and if we're being honest, Chauncey Billups is the only one you'd consider passing over for Rondo. Then again, Billups' range probably better suits him for the international game even at the ripe old age of 72.
Anyway, I'd call this a tough break for Rondo, but that's assuming he even cares.
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The Boston Bruins selected U.S. National Development center Trent Frederic with 29th pick in 2016 NHL Draft.
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Tweet hunters dug up an old message from a Charlie McAvoy proclaiming his hatred for the Boston Bruins. McAvoy, of course, was drafted 14th by the Bruins in the 2016 NHL Draft.
The tweet read, "I hate the bruins so much" before it was quickly deleted.
I'm sure this will go over well for Bruins fans, even though you really can't blame McAvoy. He was just 15 at the time and a fan of the Rangers, who went down 3-0 in the playoffs against the Bruins.
As fans, we can all relate to that feeling.
BUFFALO – The Bruins took their highest-rated defenseman when the pick came to them at the No. 14 spot, and they selected Boston University defenseman Charlie McAvoy, who tore up Hockey East as the young player in college hockey last season.
The 18-year-old Charlie McAvoy had three goals and 25 points in37 games for the Terriers while skating in a pairing with Bruins prospect Matt Grzelcyk, and showed off the kind of elite skating and offensive skills that will play well at the NHL level. It was thought the Bruins would take McAvoy or fellow BU-recruit Dante Fabbro at the 14th spot when they held onto the pick, but that was perhaps shaken a little bit when Jakub Chychrun fell all the way down to their spot.
The Bruins stuck with their scouting instincts and took the offensively gifted McAvoy, who profiles as a next generation NHL player with his sturdy six foot, 208-pound frame and ability to skate like the wind. He was understandably excited, and even said that he’s come around from hating some of the Boston teams as a native New Yorker after spending the year at Boston University.
“I’m at a loss for words. It’s an unbelievable feeling, and I’m just so happy to be a part of the Bruins. I’ve gotten close to [the Bruins] in the past year. I’m sure some of my friends back home aren’t happy I’m cutting the ties with New York sports, but Boston is an unbelievable city with great sports and great people. I’m glad to be staying there,” said McAvoy. “You grow up and taught not to like [Boston teams] because of the rivalry. But I've got a Red Sox hat and that’s the first step. Now I'm got that Bruins jersey and it’s pretty cool. I’ll just keep going, but I don’t know if I could ever be a Pats fan, but we’ll see."
Give McAvoy a little time and perhaps he’ll come around to the right side of the New England Patriots argument after some years spent with the Black and Gold.
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