Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen was a guest of Dale & Holley on Wednesday and discussed the Magic-Celtics series as well as Rajon Rondo -- the subject of his cover story in SI this week.
Rondo told Thomsen that "for what I do, I think I'm the best," a quote which appears in the SI story. Thomsen was asked if he agrees with Rondo's assessment of the point guard landscape in the NBA today.
"He's right up there," Thomsen said. "I still think Deron Williams is the best point guard in the NBA right now, and I think Rondo is right up there with him. When I think about the big shots that Deron Williams hits, he is all things to that team in Utah. And I don't think it's any denigration to Rondo to say that he's behind Deron Williams. But when I look at Steve Nash and Rondo and I look at Rondo defensively, I'd call that a dead heat."
And when Thomsen learned that there was a strong possibility that Rondo would be on the cover this week, he told the head coach of the Celtics, who is apparently well versed in the history of the SI jinx.
"When I told Doc last week that it looked like they were going to be on the cover he replied with a grimace, let's put it that way," Thomsen said.
As for the Magic's chances to actually pull of a historic comeback, Thomsen is skeptical. "Something really has to go badly. I don't see Orlando winning on their own. They are going to need some help from Boston. I just don't think the Celtics went to all this trouble to all of the sudden stop playing hard and stop playing smart."
Thomsen feels that Nelson and Dwight Howard might still believe in the possibility of beating the Celtics in four straight games, but thinks a key member of the Magic isn't on board. "I don't think Vince Carter believes they can, I do think Jameer Nelson thinks they can. Let's put it that way. I sort of think that if Jameer thinks so then maybe Dwight thinks so too, and the rest of them just sort of will go along with the flow, which ever way those two guys go."
Carter, according to Thomsen, "doubts that he's really as good as everybody says he's been over the years, because he has never ever proved it."
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