Monday, March 10, 2014
Rondo, Pressey break out wristbands
By Chris Forsberg
Phil Pressey and Rajon Rondo are bringing back Dennis Johnson's wristband look.
BOSTON -- Starting with a visit from the Indiana Pacers earlier this month, Boston Celtics point guards Rajon Rondo and Phil Pressey have been sporting double white wristbands as part of their in-game attire. Some have wondered if it was a tribute to Celtics legend Dennis Johnson and his signature look.
Pressey smiled wide when the comparison was mentioned, but said the story behind the look isn't that interesting. Rondo and Pressey, locker neighbors inside TD Garden, spotted a teammate wearing a white wristband before a recent game and the idea was hatched to go with the throwback look. They've even tried to goad some other teammates into joining them (without success thus far).
It's hard to argue with the results. Since debuting the look, Rondo is averaging 14.3 points, 11.3 assists, and 5.3 rebounds, 2 steals over 36 minutes per game. Pressey's line isn't as glossy -- 1.8 points, 4 assists, 1.3 steals per game -- but his 4:1 assist-to-turnover ratio is a big reason why he's maintained quality minutes in Boston's backcourt.
Rondo's on-court look has always been a subject of fan interest, most notably his headband that was a staple of his early playing days but makes only cameos lately.
Maybe Rondo and Pressey can spark a league-wide wristband revival. Hey, it's better than the short shorts.