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Kobe Bryant calls Rajon Rondo a Hall of Famer

Rajon-Rondo

Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant doesn’t hand out praise to just anyone; that’s why it’s noteworthy that he in essence called Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo a future Hall of Famer when speaking with the media at the Lakers’ practice facility this week. 

Via Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald

“When we played against them, you saw really good basketball,” Kobe said. “You saw smart players, unselfish players who played both ends of the floor, multi-faceted players.

“So of course I’d hoped for a team like that to stick together, because that’s the maximum level of competition that you’re going to have. I mean, that 2010 series is my favorite series of all time, just because it was the most competitive one. It was the most difficult one. I mean, we’re going against four future Hall of Famers. That doesn’t happen too often.”

Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen are locks, but it’s Rondo who’s the question mark. (We’re going to assume Kendrick Perkins wasn’t the player Bryant was referring to.) There’s no question Rondo is a smart player — perhaps one of the smartest in the league, but to suggest he’s a Hall of Famer is somewhat of a reach, at least at this point. The C’s floor general has accomplished the highest peaks of NBA stardom on the floor, but to be considered among the all-time greatest to ever play, he’s got to do it for a longer stretch. 

According to Basketball-Reference, Rondo’s Hall of Fame probability is 23rd among active players, his chances of getting in are 21.37 percent. 

Bryant, on the other hand is the only lock at 100 percent, with Tim Duncan a close second at 99.9 percent probability. 

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