|Posted by paul on February 25, 2012 at 7:45 AM|
Rondo said he needs to take more responsibility for the offense and will discuss that with coach Doc Rivers.
“I’ve been in his system for six years,’’ Rondo said. “He knows what it takes to win and I think I do as well, so I think I need to be more vocal as far as going to Doc and his offense and try figure out some things we can do to try to get some wins. I’m not satisfied with where we are. I’m not satisfied with where I am. I want to continue to get better for my team and I believe we’ll get better before the end of the year.”
For this team to rise, as fans and players still feel it can and should, they need to stop trying to turn the clock back to 2008!!!!!!!!!!! This should be obvious, of course, but all most all the time, when you see what players, coaches, media and fans are saying, they are still thinking 'how can we get back to 2008', not 'how can we get forward to 2012'. It's a sutble but crucial distinction. I hope and believe that part of what Rondo is saying is that it's up to him to help Doc define the team forwards. We need a team that can run a pattern offense AND improvise. We need both options running at all times in our offense, and we have the perfect point guard to run such a combo offense!
One of the things that makes the all star game, and all star weekend, important is that it is a place where outstanding players take the 'next step'. Success as an all-star confirms in the eyes of a player's peers, and in the eyes of the public, that a player's achievements are not just a product of the system he plays in. Rondo's improved statistics during a season in which his teammates have been inconsistent, at best, speaks to this. If Rondo has a successful all star weekend, it will enhance his stature. This in turn will enhance his 'pull' with the Celtics organization, with the fanbase, and with the media. That, in turn, will empower Rondo to elevate his game, and the team he plays for, which hopefully will continue to be the Celtics for many years.
I love something Rondo said this weekend...
“I want to be great,” he said...
That's what I want to hear, and what I think Celtics fans should want to hear, from the team's best player and leader. This weekend is a step towards that. Here's hoping it's a big one! Take your basketball dream with both hands, Rondo, and don't let anyone take it from you.