Rondo is an exceptional basketball athlete. Statistically one of the best in the NBA today. His assist production is off the charts. He can string together double-doubles with a triple double here and there like nobody since Magic. When Rondo plays well and the team is in sync with his play, the Celtics win against anybody. Thats the good news.
The bad news is that like Allen Iverson and Wilt Chamberlain, also extraordinary players, they all lacked leadership qualities that are so important to team chemistry and on court team performance...and coordinating an off-season charity event with the team does not define leadership.
Despite his positive attributes, I believe HE is the reason that the Celtics play so inconsistenly. When Rondo's head isn't into the game, he doesn't play any D and his offense is sub-standard. The top 6-7 PGs in the league blow by him with regularity and brake down the rest of the Celtics defense. On offense, he too often holds the ball out front and paralizes the offense. This is what drove Ray Allen crazy. He turns the ball over too much. And why is it that when the Celtics need a key basket with time running out, its the worst shooter on the team, Rondo, who holds the ball for 12 seconds and launches a long range prayer that never goes in...
Rondo may be one of the best PGs in the league and the best player on the Celtics...but the team does not play well as a unit with Rondo at the point and does not respond to him as the proclaimed team leader. He hurts team chemistry and team play just like AI.
I would much rather have a PG who plays smart and hard CONSISTENTLY day in and day out. A PG who makes others on the team better and orchestrates a natural team flow on the floor and better chemistry in the locker room than Rondo's statistics and potential.
Rondo is a key asset to the Celtics and he is also the key liability.