|Posted by Morena on February 25, 2013 at 8:15 AM|
Today I was cleaning my courtyard after a snowing day,and I started thinking about Rondo.
Yes, as strange as it may sound, the snow reminded meof Rondo.
When you’re a kid, snow is amazing. The silence thatfill the air, the soft noise it makes under your feet, the warm hug you feelmaking a snow angel. When you’re a kid, you see the magic of snow. Instead,when you grow up, it becomes just a problem.
Just like that, Rondo has magic in him, but noteveryone can see it.
The Rondo interview that Paul posted yesterday, forcedme to do a lot of thinking.
First of all, I asked myself why Rondo did thisinterview. He’s always very private and he never volunteered for anintrospective interview. In the last year we’ve seen Rondo struggling to becomeCeltics leader. There has been public episodes with referees and reportedproblems with teammates. Most fans and the media seems to find always somethingwrong with Rondo. He was too inconsistent and didn’t shot before, he plays forhimself and his stats now, “chocking” his teammates. Rondo as always been underattack by the media, but in the last months, the situation has gotten worse.Maybe, this is the reason why Rondo decided to do this interview. He always hasthose poker face which don’t let you understand his emotions, but he is humanand he has feelings. Maybe he just wanted to show everybody that he’s not theogre most people think.
We’ve always known Rondo as a very introverted person,and this is confirmed by his interview.
Even the fact that he prefer to play connect fourduring public event confirm this. Connect four is a strategy game, that allowsRondo to change the subject of everybody’s attention. Yes, he’s the man, butwhen the game begins, the spotlight is all on the game and on the results, andall the people just stare intently at the grid with red and yellow coins.
Those who are not introverted, may not understandthis, but I think that express feeling is an art, and sometimes, when you findit hard, you have to find your own way to do it. Maybe Rondo use the basketballcourt to express his feelings. Maybe his personality is out there for everyoneto see, but not everyone can see it. But it’s right there, because Kobe Bryantsaw it. We live in a world were media are a big part in athletes’ life and everyone has to deal with them. Even guys thatlooks shy when they enter the league, in any sports, learn to play it cool whenthe spotlight is on them. Rondo never really learned it. He said more than oncethat he doesn’t like the spotlight, that someone else can have it. And you cantell he’s not lying. Rondo is not just an athlete, he’s an artist. And when youare in front of an artist, you can’t just watch him, or talk to him like youwould talk to any other person. You have to understand him, or you will alwaysmiss something about him.
His mind is another aspect of him that sets him apart.
Another thing that impressed me once again readingRondo interview is his mind. It must be truly amazing to have the opportunityto talk to someone with such a brilliant mind, if he is willing to open up. I often wonder how his mind work. I alreadysaid that sometimes, during games it looks like he sees something differentfrom other people, like the defense of the opposite team is moving followingsome unknown math formula that nobody else but him can solve and he’s waitingfor those numbers to be in the right position so that he can solve the problemand obtain the correct result.
I don’t know how a photographic memory works, but I’vewatch him closely many times, even when he’s sitting on the bench: his mindnever rests. When you see other players that are resting on the bench, you cantell that they’re watching the game, while when you look at Rondo, it seemslike he’s memorizing the game, taking picture with every blink of an eye. He’salways taking mental notes of what happens around him.
A mind like this must be very frustrating I think.I’ve seen many times people get mad at someone because the other personcouldn’t understand something. For someone like Rondo, must be like that mostof the time. As I once said, it’s like his mind is moving 40mph while otherpeople go at 20mph. You’re never free to go at your speed, or you will findyourself alone. Rondo’s genius and stubbornness are such at a high level thathe finds himself alone, or in very small company. KG seems to understand him. As Rondo said, he’salways up when he text him at 4 am. I think KG won over Rondo.
We’ve read many times about coaches that struggled toget along with Rondo. Doug Bibby was the first, and at the beginning had areally hard time dealing with Rondo. The last year that Rondo played forEastern High School, they got along really well, though. With Rondo, it’s likeyou have to win him over. If you’re able to do that, you have found a loyalfriend and a great player who will do everything to help and is willing tocooperate. On the other end, if you can’t gain his trust and respect, he can makeyour life a living hell.
And as Rondo himself said, it’s not easy to gain his trust.And I feel like his lack of trust in other people incremented Rondo’sstubbornness even more. When you don’t trust otherpeople, you’re forced to grow up and create the basis of the person you’regoing to be, all by yourself. And when you go as far as Rondo went, all withyour abilities, it’s hard to accept other people opinion when it’s differentfrom your own. I’m not trying to justify Rondo, but I can understand that whenyou’re a guy with a strong personality that built himself on his own, it’s hardwhen someone comes by and tell you “you’re wrong”.
I think this is one of the main aspect in Rondo’stemper that Dooling is working on.
I remember reading a Dooling interview last year wherehe said that he was having a lot of late-night / early-morning phone calls withRondo during which they talked about past, present, and future; the man theywere, and the man they wanted to be. Dooling said that he didn’t know how manytimes in his life Rondo had the opportunity to had those conversations. Doolingis another guy who won over Rondo’s trust. And that’s why I wanted him backthis year. Dooling can be very important in Rondo’s development, both as aplayer and as a leader. As Paul wrote in his Rondology post of yesterday, Rondohas to find his own way to become the Celtics new leader for the future. He’snot gonna be the next bird or the next Paul Pierce. He’s gonna be Rondo.
And if he’s able to figure out his own way to be aleader, I can’t wait to see what the future of this franchise it’s gonna belike with him as our leader, because it’s gonna be great.