|Posted by Morena on March 10, 2013 at 4:50 PM|
This has been a pretty frustrating week for me as a Rondo fan.
On one side, we don’t get to know anything about Rondo, on the other hand, the haters are out in full force. The week started with article about Bradley becoming the new leader.
Sorry, but I’m not ready to see Avery Bradley as our leader. Paul said it best when he said that Bradley is the anti-Rondo. So humble and nice with the media, and full of confidence behind the curtains. He sure understood how the league works, but I can’t say I like this behavior.
As a Celtics fan, I’m glad to see that this team can play at a level we envisioned this summer. I was really starting to think that I had to review al my basketball knowledge. At the same time, somewhere deep inside me, I’m really upset at most of those guys.
We’ve talked many times about what leadership means. Rondo struggled this year to become Celtics leader, but soon enough we found out that he was not trying to improve his leadership, he was fighting for it. I remember seeing a Rondo interview once, where he said that a leader is someone who is not afraid to go down by himself. This made me think that maybe Rondo as an idea of leadership that foresee a lonely figure. Maybe a little too much.
We’ve seen him organize a workout session with his new teammate before training camp this summer, and trying to be the floor leader dominating the ball in every play. What if he was forcing things out?
A leader is someone that takes the blame and is not afraid to go down by himself. But when he goes down, his teammates are right there to pick him up. To became a true leader, you have to win over your teammate, you can’t impose your leadership on them. With Rondo this may be a little harder because he often shuts down his feelings. They say that during practice he’s always talking, but when it comes to his real feelings, you have to read his eyes and his body language.
And maybe, you should feel.
In a recent interview, Scalabrine said that Rondo respect players if they are intelligent. You can have all the talent of this word, but if you’re not intelligent you’re not going to gain his respect. Scal said that when you play with him, Rondo wants you to be able to read situation and be able to adapt to the change he’s sometimes forced to make during games. I’ve said many times that when Rondo is on the floor, he’s just not playing, but when he’s committed, he’s creating a masterpiece. You can’t just watch Rondo. You have to feel him. You have to shut up and listen. And if you listen closely, you can hear the game talking to you.
It’s not everything about stats like they keep saying.
So, to all the media haters out there: please, shut up and listen.
They’re trying as hard as they can to destroy a career of a great player.
And to Rondo, shut up and listen. Look at what this team is doing without you and please, please, don’t be so stubborn for once and listen to the advice of older and wiser players that just want to help you. I don’t think I could bear to see his career end this way.
Probably, I need to shut up and listen as well, but basketball is just not talking to me like it used to do since January 25th.