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Celtics Morning Joe: ESPN's Forecast for Rondo

Posted by shawn cassidy on August 25, 2012 at 6:00 AM




Yesterday ESPN Boston polished off their summer forecast with expectations on Rondo. Mine are pretty simple. Give Rondo the ball, and get the hell out of his way. Let him be the coach, and inspiration that the team needs. Jay pointed out something that we've addressed here already. But it's nice to see others point out the same things. I'm talking about KG, and Rondo hanging out. It's a true sign of growth between the two. I do disagree about his theory on Rondo's jumper. Jay says, " his jump shot might even be evolving." Rondo's issue is confidence. Or he wants to get everyone going, so his jumper can be flat if he doesn't get a rhythm early.So in my opinion his jumper has evolved.



Jay speaks about Rondo having inconsistency issues. I also disagree. A lot of that came from Rondo taking a back seat to the big three. With Ray gone, Rondo doesn't have to worry about waiting for Ray to get open after wasting 20 seconds off the shot clock. When it came to the playoffs Rondo wasn't inconsistent. Rondo was  the sole reason the Celtics even made it to the 2010 finals. Without his heroics in the Cleveland series. The Celtics go home early in 2010. Some people just have issues giving Rondo his due. Bringing a championship is the only solution in a world of greed.



I like how Jeff Clark of Celtics Blog speaks about Rondo. Here is some of what he says, "Rondo is the most important piece, in part because he makes all the other pieces work together to be greater than the sum of the parts."


Well said, and it's the truth.



Jay King, Celtics Town

After Ray Allen left the Celtics, all but admitting a feud with Rondo on his way to Miami, Doc Rivers came to Rondo's support. He stood up for his star point guard, saying he didn't agree with Allen's reasons for leaving and that Rondo has emerged as a leader. Rivers didn't demean Allen, but he made it clear: He's on Rondo's side. When Rondo was captured later in a summer photograph with Kevin Garnett and Snoop Dogg (err, Lion), Boston sports radio focused on Rondo's t-shirt, which said one word: "high." What the radio shows should have focused on was considerably more important to Boston's future success: Rondo and Garnett are now tight enough to hang out during the offseason.


The young, uncontrollable stallion is growing wiser. Rondo rattled off a string of double-digit assist games after the All-Star break last season and even displayed an ability to morph into a scorer when Boston needed him to (see: 44 points in Game 2 against Miami). He's improved every season since being drafted and always boosts his production once the postseason arrives. He seems to have grown a layer of maturity and his jump shot might even be evolving, at least a little. He remains a riddling mess of stubbornness, singularity, and occasional inconsistency (though he addressed the latter issue significantly during this past campaign), but he's also one of the NBA's finest competitors. When Allen left, the Big Three as we knew it was dead. But Rondo long ago passed Allen, anyway. Long live the Big Three.

 



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6 Comments

Reply paul
7:27 AM on August 25, 2012 
To me the key point they make is that the key thing about Rondo is his developement. There was a point last year, during the playoffs, when the talking heads began to routinely include Rondo when describing the Celtics as a team of future HOFers.

And we have the impression that he's still not close to his ceiling.

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Each year, Rondo has taken a step in his progression. Each year, he wows us with something new in his arsenal or an improvement in another area of his game. He's come far in six seasons, but there's this excitement about what still lies ahead."

But I think a key unspoken issue continues to be synergy between Rondo and PIerce.
Reply Franklin
9:54 AM on August 25, 2012 
Rondo is an amazing player, but maybe the best skill he has? The ability to get better.
Reply Jackie bethea
3:47 PM on August 25, 2012 
Rondo, is what we called back in the day a true floor general! Like Mo Cheeks was! When he needs to score he does then go back to doing what he does best get the ball to his teamates at all cost! Right now I believe he's the best in the league at what he does! Give him his props!
Reply Jackie bethea
3:49 PM on August 25, 2012 
Also people keep saying he don't have a shot! well he does now! Just keep leaving him open and it keeps getting better and better! Go Rondo!
Reply paul
6:33 PM on August 25, 2012 
Franklin says...
Rondo is an amazing player, but maybe the best skill he has? The ability to get better.



It's so much something to look forward to - how good will Rondo be next year?
Reply paul
6:34 PM on August 25, 2012 
Jackie bethea says...
Rondo, is what we called back in the day a true floor general! Like Mo Cheeks was! When he needs to score he does then go back to doing what he does best get the ball to his teamates at all cost! Right now I believe he's the best in the league at what he does! Give him his props!


Guys like Magic Johnson seem to agree,