Re: Doc has to play Rondo at the end of close games!
posted at 3/21/2011 4:15 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Doc has to play Rondo at the end of close games!
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Doc has to play Rondo at the end of close games! : my bad, jallen. you were referring specifically to the end of close games - per this thread - and i assumed you were referring to rondo's contributions in general. oops. as an ardent rondo supporter i prefer him on the floor in any game situation, but if he cannot contribute at the end of tight games, it's a no-brainer we should get someone in there who can, hopefully delonte. time will tell. i'm not blind to rondo's very real shortcomings, i just think his winning contributions are far more significant. the day i don't think we can win another ring with this guy is the day i get off his bandwagon. most nba observers feel that rondo is among the elite PGs. he does have his detractors, but not to the grotesquely bloated extent we see here at bdc. and that does bug me.
Posted by BaileyPowe[/QUOTE]
"most nba observers feel that rondo is among the elite PGs. he does have his detractors, but not to the grotesquely bloated extent we see here at bdc. and that does bug me."
Well said by BP, and I want to go on record as being bugged too and for the very same reason.
What Tommy said makes sense, I saw the game broadcast and this entire thread was premised on what Tommy said during the broadcast: to paraphrase Tommy, he said that Doc will likely get criticised and second-guessed because he let Rondo close out the game after Delonte had played so well and actually kept us in the game and was the Player of the Game, but as Tommy went on to explain his reasoning, that it might adversely affect Rondo's confidence and the team dynamic if Doc begins second-guessing his players at this point in the season (at this time
), it made a lot more sense when he said, "I'm with Doc on this one".
It's important to note the context of Tommy's point (no pun intended) and how it was presented: "At this time", stated or implied, is perhaps what many are missing in this discussion. When a player is struggling, you try to avoid doing anything more to destroy his confidence, (players do that to themselves when they struggle), and with the vast NBA experience of Tommy & Doc (who both have more rings than I) I guess I will defer to their better judgement on this one.
This doesn't mean that Delonte won't close out games at PG down the road, just that at this time
it was more important to show trust and confidence in Rondo.