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Rondology: Blinded By The Hate

Posted by paul on January 25, 2013 at 10:25 AM

I wasn't unhappy after last night's game.  Yes, it was a game we should have won, and fumbling it away at the end hurt, but this is a team that has forgotten how to win.  We have to relearn that.  But we took a big step last night.   It had to be tough to rise to the occasion after four losses, now five.  But they did.  They played hard, and played like a team all night long.  In the end, we were beaten by Melo.  Carmelo Anthony is a great player, pretty much on a similar level to Lebron and Durant.  


The thing is, we have a great player too.  Rondo stepped up last night and gave us everything.  He played tough D all night long.  When we had a tough time rebounding, he rebounded.  When we couldn't hit Js, he attacked the basket.  When Anthony started going off, Rondo double-teamed, which helped get us back in the game.  The Rondo we saw last night was the MVP candidate we hoped for, a player who can lead this team to a championship.


Incredibly, fans and media still found ways to blame Rondo.  Even one of CSNNE's commentators who is usually pretty reasonable, Welsh, made the claim we've seen so many times that Rondo's triple doubles don't matter because he made mistakes.  I'm soo soo tired of that.  I get it when they give Rondo a hard time for playing passively on offense and not playing tough D.   But when they put a magnifying glass to every mistake he makes, they are just being hateful and crazy.  


Sure, Rondo did make some mistakes last night.  One of the ones they keep harping on is the silly attempted reverse alley-oop to Bass.  Rondo loves to pass, and I'm sure he particularly wanted to get Bass going.   Whatever.  To watch commentators go off on that one play is just so much more about their craziness than his.  Rondo is a good kind of crazy when it comes to overpassing.  A lot of folks seem to want to rip Rondo for Smith's open jumper.  Sure, Smith was probably Rondo's man there, but RONDO WAS DOUBLING MELO, which was the right play.   Folks are blinded by their hate sometimes.  Rondo was great last night.  That Rondo can lead us to a championships.  


My favorite play was the one where he drove the lane from the baseline and hit a flying skyhook in the lane.   Loved that one.  Jabbar couldn't have done it that well Rajon!



IF Rondo and the team keep playing like they did last night, we'll start winning games.  It's that simple.  And if that happens, AND Doc can give some thought to opening the offense to a more up-tempo, spontaneous, creative approach that plays off Rondo's dynamic way of breaking down defenses, we could win a championship, even though we lack power up front.  When Rondo plays like the guy we saw last night, we have a LOT of power in the engine room.  Damn the Haters, full speed ahead!!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Iaca30QbOo


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It's all so funny, in a way, because it is so predictable.  Watch the Haters hate at Celtics Blog:


http://www.celticsblog.com/2013/1/24/3913988/rondos-continuing-refusal


... all the while claiming that they are not haters!!   Folks, if last night's game persuaded you to join the Trade Rondo crowd, YOU ARE A HATER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    The Rondo we saw last night is a Rondo that can and will lead a team to a championship.  We just need to see that Rondo more consistently.  And we need Doc to change his ways some.  Ray Allen is not about to walk through that door, Doc.

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13 Comments

Reply Franklin
12:24 PM on January 25, 2013 
Rondo is 23-4 when he has a triple double,and that's a great winning percentage. So he needs to do some damn research.
Reply Morena
12:26 PM on January 25, 2013 
Well said Paul!! It's not easy, but Rondo have to let the haters hate and just play his game!!
Reply paul
12:32 PM on January 25, 2013 
Franklin says...
Rondo is 23-4 when he has a triple double,and that's a great winning percentage. So he needs to do some damn research.



But I also think about the claim that the Cs are terrible when Rondo scores a lot. THAT'S BECAUSE HE TRIES TO SCORE WHEN THE TEAM IS HAVING A HARD TIME SCORING!!!! Statistics are funny things. They just don't replace actually looking at things. Oddly enough...
Reply paul
12:33 PM on January 25, 2013 
Morena says...
Well said Paul!! It's not easy, but Rondo have to let the haters hate and just play his game!!



If he plays like he did last night on a regular basis, he'll shut them up.
Reply Cisco
12:44 PM on January 25, 2013 
I was thinking the same thing.
Bashing Rondo seem to be highly valued around Boston. Maybe he just has to go and play for a team that appreciates him. Because, right now, double standards when evaluating Rondo are a common sense on many Celtics blogs/media. Strangely, the guy is posting a triple double, yet he is getting bashed for some plays during the game and being criticized for his so called "poor defense".
People just can't get enough and expects Rondo to do it all by himself. Nevermind rebounding, scoring, running the offense, making plays, pushing the tempo, passing the ball? He was not the best defender, therefore he must go.

The guy leads the team in rebounds every now and then, but hey, he is the PG. When your PG is the best rebounder, you have a major problem. Still, not enough. When he scores, he has to pass the ball more, when he passes the ball, he has to drive to the basket. Is anyone, ever, satisfied with Rondo? I think not. Therefore, he must go. To another team, where he is not being called out after a triple double. Let's the trade begin. Let's trade our best player, so we can go straight down to lottery zone.

By the way, speaking of defense: I can't recall reading a single comment on most Celtics blogs about Avery Bradley's mediocre games and poor defense lately. He was supposed to be "the savior", after all the hype preceding his return. But Avery is the future, I know, I know. Which is not the case with Rondo. Just a sample of double standards.

Yes, he had some stupid plays, he did had some poor decisions.
Just like every basketball player. This is the game of basketball. Imperfections happen.

People say Rondo is immature and he will never get "wiser". Rondo this, Rondo that, trade Rondo, he is immature.
Well, I am kind of new around here. I follow Celtics and write this post from Romania and I didn't have access to Celtics before Kevin Garnet era. But I have read comments saying that Paul Pierce was just that much immature himself. He became the player we know, after KG arrived into town. Rondo is younger than PP was, but hey, he is immature and will never get straight.
People also use to say that Rondo cannot be managed. They seem to ignore that Rondo might be actually constrained and he plays restricted, because he has to do it all for PP and KG (and Ray Allen). I remember the Pistons game, couple of nights ago, when Pierce literally was in his way o transition and Rondo had to yell at him to move... well, Rondo IS that constrained. He cannot run as he would love too.
This is why I really believe that Rondo will only truly flourish at his best potential after PP retires. He cannot play free until Pierce goes. While Pierce is around, Rondo will always play for Pierce, the offense will always go through Pierce ? this is Doc's system, by the way. Pierce, not Rondo, is the leader here. Ignore the media and other people (Doc included) comments claiming that "this is Rondo's team". False. This is Pierce's team. How come Pierce still shoots the ball, despite his funk? How come Pierce still starts game, despite his obvious decline? And Rondo cannot be managed? I think we already have the answer.

I have so much respect for this website, because the few people posting here seem to understand Rondo better than any other Celtic blog.
Reply Cisco
12:46 PM on January 25, 2013 
Had the same issue with JR99 on Celtics Blog, myself.
This guy is incredible.
He only focuses himself for two-three questionable plays and this is it. "Trade Rondo".
Reply paul
12:48 PM on January 25, 2013 
Oh damn, that skyhook was over Chandler!!
Reply paul
12:49 PM on January 25, 2013 
Cisco says...
Had the same issue with JR99 on Celtics Blog, myself.
This guy is incredible.
He only focuses himself for two-three questionable plays and this is it. "Trade Rondo".


But he's no Hater!
Reply paul
1:06 PM on January 25, 2013 
Cisco says...
I was thinking the same thing.
Bashing Rondo seem to be highly valued around Boston. Maybe he just has to go and play for a team that appreciates him. Because, right now, double standards when evaluating Rondo are a common sen... here. Ignore the media and other people (Doc included) comments claiming that ?this is Rondo?s team?. False. This is Pierce?s team. How come Pierce still shoots the ball, despite his funk? How come Pierce still starts game, despite his obvious decline? And Rondo cannot be managed? I think we already have the answer.

I have so much respect for this website, because the few people posting here seem to understand Rondo better than any other Celtic blog.



Great comments, Cisco. It's hard to write about the Rondo situation, partly because, as you say, the common sense point of view, so to speak, promulgated by talking heads and blogs is so anti-Rondo. Even when the guy has a brilliant game, where he pretty much answers all his critics, they put a microscope to a few plays, and even those few they don't seem to have a clue about. But what really sickens me is when they attack Rondo for bad defense when he actually played great defense. I can see it to some extent when they savage Rondo for his D when he plays the matador, but even when he doesn't they go after him. And even when he does play matador, they refuse to see the logic behind it, that it's not as simple as they want it to be. Yes, Rondo does take it easy too much on D, but there is also a method to his madness. They don't want to hear about that. It's like they still dream about Larry Bird. They want that blue collar image. They complain about Rondo's flash. It's like complaining about Cooz being too flashy, which Red Auerbach did at one time. Red learned to appreciate that Cooz had a different way of looking at things.

I'm struck too by the way so many great players regard Rondo. They have a profound admiration for this guy. Shaq and Cwebb were talking about him last night at the break, and you could see that they love Rondo. I think folks who really love the game often feel that way. When Rondo drives baseline and throws down a skyhook over Tyson Chandler, probably the best defensive Big in the league currently, how do you not appreciate that? Rondo's fans are asking him to play more consistently at a higher level. They get on him as much as anyone when he plays turnstile D, or plays passively against Chris Paul. But do the Haters show their appreciation when Rondo responds to their criticism? No. No, instead they pull out their microscopes.

If Rondo sucks tonight, he'll get scorched here at CTT. Fan love isn't blind. But hate is.
Reply Cisco
1:13 PM on January 25, 2013 
paul says...
Great comments, Cisco. It's hard to write about the Rondo situation, partly because, as you say, the common sense point of view, so to speak, promulgated by talking heads and blogs is so anti-Rondo. Even when the guy has a brilliant game, where he pretty much answers all his critics, and they put a microscope to a few plays, and even those few they don't seem to have a clue about. But what really sickens me is when they attack Rondo for bad defense when he actually played great defense. I can see it to some extent when they savage Rondo for his D when he plays the matador, but even when he doesn't they go after him. And even when he does play matador, they refuse to see the logic behind it, that it's not as simple as they want it to be. Yes, Rondo does take it easy too much on D, but there is also a method to his madness. They don't want to hear about that. It's like they still dream about Larry Bird. They want that blue collar image. They complain about Rondo's flash. It's like complaining about Cooz being too flashy, which Red Auerbach did at one time. Red learned to appreciate that Cooz had a different way of looking at things.

I'm struck too by the way so many great players regard Rondo. They have a profound admiration for this guy. Shaq and Cwebb were talking about him last night at the break, and you could see that they love Rondo. I think folks who really love the game often feel that way. When Rondo drives baseline and throws down a skyhook over Tyson Chandler, probably the best defensive Big in the league currently, how do you not appreciate that? Rondo's fans are asking him to play more consistently at a higher level. They get on him as much as anyone when he plays turnstile D, or plays passively against Chris Paul. But do the Haters show their appreciation when Rondo responds to their criticism? No. No, instead they pull out their microscopes.

If Rondo sucks tonight, he'll get scorched here at CTT. Fan love isn't blind. But hate is.


I really don't get this anti-Rondo attitude.
People talk so easy about trade Rondo for Cousins! I almost wish this to happen, only to see Rondo being an appreciated loved star in Seattle and people here realizing what Rondo meant to this team and how he really impacted the game. Still, I don't want Rondo to wear other colors, but for his own good he might, some day.
Reply paul
3:28 PM on January 25, 2013 
Cisco says...
I really don't get this anti-Rondo attitude.
People talk so easy about trade Rondo for Cousins! I almost wish this to happen, only to see Rondo being an appreciated loved star in Seattle and people here realizing what Rondo meant to this team and how he really impacted the game. Still, I don't want Rondo to wear other colors, but for his own good he might, some day.


I've thought that too, Cisco, that Rondo may have to move on for his own good. I've thought the opposite too. He really is pretty high maintenance. Other teams may crush his spirit. So I'm not sure.

But I think there is no defending the Boston media and fandom anymore. Anyone can look at Celtics Blog today and see post after post savaging Rondo, all after a brilliant game from him.

Haters and fans can probably agree on one thing though: if Rondo doesn't play well tonight, and if he doesn't bring it on D, at least some of the boos will be deserved. Some of this is within his control.
Reply shawn cassidy
3:53 PM on January 25, 2013 
paul says...
I've thought that too, Cisco, that Rondo may have to move on for his own good. I've thought the opposite too. He really is pretty high maintenance. Other teams may crush his spirit. So I'm not sure.

But I think there is no defending the Boston media and fandom anymore. Anyone can look at Celtics Blog today and see post after post savaging Rondo, all after a brilliant game from him.

Haters and fans can probably agree on one thing though: if Rondo doesn't play well tonight, and if he doesn't bring it on D, at least some of the boos will be deserved. Some of this is within his control.



I'm stubborn. The Celtics should adapt to Rondo's unique gift. They perhaps built the wrong this season. On paper yes Green should have been a great running mate with Rondo. Lee is coming into his own, and Bradley is just getting back. What Rondo really misses is a big who can score in the post. Like he had with Shaq. He needs Wilcox if the Celtics don't plan on bringing a big who can catch the ball inside, and score off of Rondo's lightning fast passes. Rondo has so many hurdles to overcome. This group can't keep up with Rondo right now, and maybe Rondo needs to make things plain. I don't know, but the talent level is good, but not fitting Rondos game.
Reply paul
11:54 PM on January 25, 2013 
shawn cassidy says...
I'm stubborn. The Celtics should adapt to Rondo's unique gift. They perhaps built the wrong this season. On paper yes Green should have been a great running mate with Rondo. Lee is coming into his own, and Bradley is just getting back. What Rondo really misses is a big who can score in the post. Like he had with Shaq. He needs Wilcox if the Celtics don't plan on bringing a big who can catch the ball inside, and score off of Rondo's lightning fast passes. Rondo has so many hurdles to overcome. This group can't keep up with Rondo right now, and maybe Rondo needs to make things plain. I don't know, but the talent level is good, but not fitting Rondos game.


I too think that Rondo is dying for a real scoring Big. Just dying for it. He only had that for three months in his whole career, and he was mvp for those three months! But it just seems like Doc and Rondo should have gotten together to redesign the offense this summer, and they just didn't. Instead it just seems like Doc pretty much said, we'll do the same thing and force everyone to shoehorn themselves in somewhere. He's even pretty much said as much, that everyone has to buy into what he's doing. Basketball's not like that. You have to let your player's talent dictate how you play. Last year the Rondo-KG two man game was what really revived our season. It seemed to be something they basically came up with together. I had expected that at the very least Rondo would be working on this kind of stuff with the other guys, but it hasn't really happened. You mention Green. Why haven't Rondo and Green developed some signature moves by now? Some plays that work well that they run often? This team has no bread and butter plays going on. How ridiculous is that? It's not that we lack talent.