The lockout-inspired run of exhibition games has been full of exciting plays, from the thrilling dunk to the amazing pass to the thrillazing alley-oop. What's best about all of them is that they remind us of the league we're missing. They placate the habit without doing anything to kick it.
Rajon Rondo(notes) is one of the most creative players in the league. But, as far as I know, he's never decided to throw a no-look alley-oop over his head from the 3-point line. Which is exactly what he did during a recent charity game. Oh, and Denver Nuggets draftee Kenneth Faried(notes) caught the pass and dunked it. Which is cool, too, I guess.
Some would say that Rondo has never thrown a pass like this one in an NBA game because professional defenses actually try, and they would be correct. But that doesn't mean it's not a great play anyway. For one thing, there are only a few people in the entire world who can complete this play under any circumstances. On top of that, even fewer would even think to try it. It didn't happen in the NBA, but the same inspiration applies. Rondo doesn't stop being Rondo just because the other players on the court aren't trying their hardest.
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