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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Drew Pomeranz (0-1, 7.00 with Boston) makes his return to the west coast in his first road start in a Red Sox uniform. The lefty is coming off a six-inning start where he gave up two runs, but was on the wrong end of a 4-2 contest against the Tigers.
The Angels answer with Hector Santiago (9-4, 4.28). He shut out Boston for six innings on 7/2 -- the same day the Red Sox staff gave up 21 runs.
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Hanley Ramirez DH
Aaron Hill 3B
Travis Shaw 1B
Bryce Brentz LF
Sandy Leon C
Drew Pomeranz LHP
Yunel Escobar 3B
Mike Trout CF
Albert Pujols DH
Jefry Marte 1B
Andrelton Simmons SS
Jett Bandy C
Johnny Giavotella 2B
Gregorio Petit LF
Shane Robinson RF
Hector Santiago LHP
Though the chances are slim the Red Sox and White Sox make a blockbuster trade before the MLB trade deadline, Chicago is at least sending resources to Boston's minor league affiliates to scout their prospects.
ESPN Boston's Scott Lauber first reported Friday the White Sox were scouting Double-A Portland (home of Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi), but Ken Rosenthal adds they were also at their Single-A and Triple-A affiliates.
Though one would assume the Red Sox are seeking prospects for a potential return on Chris Sale, Rosenthal thinks it could be "for reasons other than Sale" and that some believe the White Sox are "simply laying groundwork for off-season trade."
Stay tuned for more.
FOXBORO – There was some offensive line attrition this morning at the first full-contact practice of training camp.
Most notably, guard Jonathan Cooper left the field on a cart.
Cooper, acquired from the Cardinals in the Chandler Jones trade, went down during a drill when the offensive line was firing off and hitting bags and carrying the blocks out. It appeared to be his right foot that was afflicted. He was down for a few minutes and the team had to move the drill away from him as he stayed down. Quarterback Tom Brady went over to check on Cooper before Cooper was helped gingerly to a cart alongside trainer Jim Whalen and was carted away.
Ian Rapoport from NFL Media reported after Cooper went down that the former first-rounder is battling plantar fascia, a painful foot ailment.
That’s what led to him needing to be held off, according to Rap.
Meanwhile, center Bryan Stork kinda just slipped out of practice. He was first noticed missing when he did not take part in 1-on-1s which came early in practice. He was out there for the beginning of practice so whether he was hurt, sent off for whacking people or had a dentist’s appointment isn’t known.
Bill Belichick wasn’t available after practice. Otherwise we’d have the full scoop.
We’ll keep an eye on that for Sunday.
Running back D.J. Foster and guard Shaq Mason meanwhile didn’t take part in 1-on-1s and retired to a lower field for some conditioning. Guard Josh Kline’s workload is also a bit limited while guard Tre Jackson and tackle Sebastian Vollmer are on the PUP list still.
The Patriots have practice Sunday and are in the stadium for a night practice on Monday before getting Tuesday off.
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