|Posted by paul on January 30, 2013 at 12:00 AM|
I'm sure there are rules that would forbid this, but wouldn't it be a great idea for Rondo to be Doc's under-study on the bench while recovering from his ACL? I'm sure Rondo would love it, and wouldn't it give Rondo a perspective that might help him with his own on-the-court decision making? Maybe he would understand better how frustrating it can be when someone isn't giving their all defensively, or when someone bogs down the offense, controlling the ball, but not doing much with it.
I just think that Rondo has a lot to offer, and that Doc and Rondo really need to spend time hashing out their offensive and defensive ideas together, and building a shared vision that can really work. What happened this season was a travesty, but it doesn't always take overnight to paint the Mona Lisa. It might help Rondo, help the team, and help Doc and Rondo learn how to work better together.
It just seems like neither Doc nor Rondo fully recognized the challenge they faced this summer, or that it was a shared challenge, one they'd have to work closely together on. Maybe they should give up trying to make things work, but maybe they should try harder now, try till they get it right.
As expected, reports seem to be coming out now that players like Bass and Lee have been unhappy with Rondo, with the way he's been running the offense. In a way, that's understandable. They seem to have been unhappy about the same things fans have been unhappy about, to some extent, including Rondo fans, but in a way, it's pretty infuriating. I think it's hard to avoid the impression that some of the newcomers undermined Rondo some, perhaps with an eye towards moving up in the rotation. Maybe some of these guys took advantage, a little bit, of a situation that they could see was in flux, and where Rondo's grip on the leadership role was a little shakey. Right now it seems pretty clear that they will come together with Rondo out of the way, to play some good basketball. I think things could have been a lot better if they had come together better. It's a shame that it apparently took Rondo going down for this team to start playing some good basketball. The Haters are ecstatic.
Bring Rondo on board, Doc. I think it would be good for him and good for the team.