Re: Are we better without Rondo?
posted at 12/1/2012 7:30 PM EST
In response to Karllost's comment:
In response to futbal's comment:
My post was about Rondo's career evelution with the Celtcs, although that may inform why the team seemed somewhat refreshed last night without him in the lineup (much like it was last year when he went down, they played well with AB and Ray in the back court). He is an enigmatic player, period. He is a potential true all star player period. I for one, like that he fought with Humphries, Larry fought, even Magic fought, Dr. J fought, Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers even got in fights.The Celtics are a much better team with him on the floor, period, and he elevates his game to near greatness in the playoffs period. But to me, he seems narcistic, it seems the games pace, flow, etc. is always about him; his assist streak, his ole defense, he's the leader (thanks Doc), he's the best point guard in the league (as if that idiotic notion actually matters). Rondo is struggling to understand what being a true Celtic means and as I said above, it can start on defense, and I'll add transfer to running the ball and getting rid of the rock (instead of pounding it) as others have noted. Maybe Doc just doesn't like in-game coaching because this giving the reigns to Rondo thing isn't working out.
Here's the distinction... those other guys that fought were the principles in the altercation and reacted in the heat of the moment... Rondo wasnt involved in the altercation, KG was... and Rondo wasnt trying to protect his teammate or break up/calm down a fight... there was no fight ...yet
Not until Rondo decided to instigate one
True. But I liked that he stood up for his teamate (KG) when he was cheapshotted. He did the same in game 1 when Dirty Wade cut (submarined) Jeff Green. I really like that about Rondo, it's obvious he cares about his teamates. He's such a strong willed individual, I just hope that along with his dedication to his teamates as individuals that can all be channeled to winning Celtics basektball.