The Return of Rondo: The Jump Shot Upgrade

We saw on Media Day just how much conditioning Rajon Rondo has been doing during his recovery from a torn ACL. What we didn’t see that day, was the work Rondo has been putting into his jump shot.

Now that training camp is underway, non-contact drills have been keeping RR involved. Working with new assistant coach Ron Adams, Rondo opted to miss the team bus on Tuesday, working on his jumper with Adams for over an hour after the session had officially ended. Jay King from Masslive.com summarised the extra work well:

Showing little or no hesitation while going through offensive skill work, Rondo didn’t stop after the first practice when his teammates did. He remained on the floor to work on one-dribble pull-ups, shooting off the catch, shooting with a hand in his face, an array of drills designed to improve his accuracy from outside.

Celtics employees have been impressed by Rondo’s work ethic during his recovery, saying he’s begun to work with Adams every day. Adams has been given credit for helping Derrick Rose’s jumper, so he’s used to assisting explosive point guards who need to refine their form. According to one team employee, Adams works on plenty of technical stuff with Rondo. They sometimes work with the “heavy ball,” a weighted basketball often used to extend a player’s shooting range.

Footage from Celtics.com’s one-on-one interview with Phil Pressey included film of Rondo working on his jumper (see below). The noticable adjustment made to his shot is getting underneath the ball, gaining a higher arc on it’s way to the basket.

If Mr. Triple Double can return with a knock-down jumper, he will be even harder to contain (when he eventually returns). Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

– Michael

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