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Rondology: All Star Dreams

Posted by paul on February 25, 2012 at 7:45 AM


As grotesque as the excesses of All Star Weekend inevitably are,  as ludicrous as all the unimaginative, swaggering frivolity is,  All Star Weekend is important to the world of basketball, because it is a time when players and fans gather to renew a basic creed that separates basketball as a sport:   we gather to affirm that The Game is more important than The Business;  that the players are more important than the teams;   that inspiration and improvisation are more important than Command and Control.


That's why no one belongs at All Star Weekend more than Rajon Rondo.  No player stands by his point of view more determinedly than Rondo.   No player is more creative and improvisatory, while maintaining commitment to a disciplined, patterned and structured format, building bridges between these  two approaches to the game of basketball.   With a successful All Star weekend, Rondo can cement a status as perhaps the leading light of both approaches.   This is one of the least heralded, but most important aspects of his game.  Another way to put it might be that Rondo is a leader and adept in both the urban and the midwest approaches to the game.  If he can find a way to blend these two aspects of his basketball personality more consistently and effectively, he will become more and more potent as a player, and as a role model.


There is an unfortunate tendency to relegate improvisatory aspects of basketball to the 'transition game' and, in the halfcourt offense, to the shot-clock bailout.   We've heard a lot about that this season with the Celtics.  It's a trap, and I hope it's one Rondo avoids, going forward.  It is incredibly encouraging to hear these words from Rondo, words from a strong, confident, maturing player who knows that he has a right and responsibility to shape the future of The Game:

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.”

http://www.boston.com/sports/basketball/celtics/articles/2012/02/25/man_on_a_mission/?page=2

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...

http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/basketball/celtics/view.bg?&articleid=1406077&format=&page=1&listingType=celt#articleFull


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.  



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6 Comments

Reply Franklin
10:28 AM on February 25, 2012 
Nice Rondology post, and we love to hear things like that from Rondo. Rondo is carving his game across the NBA sky. The world would be a buzz, if somehow Rondo wins MVP tomorrow.
Reply Celticslifer
11:25 AM on February 25, 2012 
Rondo seems calm right now, and maybe he needed to lash out at the ref, because Rondo seems like the type to hold everything in, until he explodes. Better on a ref, than a teammate. Maybe he knows what he can do much more. Looking for an epic second half of the season.
Reply jlil89
12:21 PM on February 25, 2012 
The Rise of Rondo is upon us. I can't wait for Westbrook to hit the floor, Rondo will let Rose know that this is the challenge he wants to face. Settle this boy down.
Reply paul
6:08 PM on February 25, 2012 
Franklin says...
Nice Rondology post, and we love to hear things like that from Rondo. Rondo is carving his game across the NBA sky. The world would be a buzz, if somehow Rondo wins MVP tomorrow.


I had the same idea, Franklin. How fantastic would that be!! But I'd love to see him play with confidence and some pizzazz and make some memorable plays.
Reply paul
6:16 PM on February 25, 2012 
Celticslifer says...
Rondo seems calm right now, and maybe he needed to lash out at the ref, because Rondo seems like the type to hold everything in, until he explodes. Better on a ref, than a teammate. Maybe he knows what he can do much more. Looking for an epic second half of the season.


In the end, the thing that will pull Rondo through is brilliant play. That's about the only thing no one can challenge.
Reply paul
6:18 PM on February 25, 2012 
jlil89 says...
The Rise of Rondo is upon us. I can't wait for Westbrook to hit the floor, Rondo will let Rose know that this is the challenge he wants to face. Settle this boy down.


Man, I like Westbrook a lot, but I do long to see Rondo wipe that sneer off his face!!