|Posted by shawn cassidy on September 24, 2013 at 11:30 PM|
Sometimes it's for the best to just part way. For Rondo maybe it was a blessing that Doc felt like he wasn't up for a rebuild with Rondo as the centerpiece. Sean Granade has been a good basketball mind for years in Boston, and underrated. He nails all of it with his comments about the budding relationship between Stevens and Rondo, and the past relationship between Rondo and Doc.
Sean Grande On Toucher & Rich: With Strain Of Rivers-Rondo Relationship Removed, Stevens Should Get Along Fine With Point Guard
As a lifelong holder of minority opinion, I will add this one to the mix: I think people are vastly underrating Rondo’s interest in playing for a different coach. For his entire NBA career, there has always been at some level a clash between two headstrong individuals in Rondo and Doc Rivers,” Grande told Toucher & Rich. “As great a coach as Doc Rivers is, and his track record is his track record, maybe Rondo needed a different voice. Maybe there is a potential for two young guys who view things differently than most of the rest of the world does to have a really good coach-point guard relationship.
“What’s exciting about the season is all the directions it could go. But to me, everyone is not realizing when the weight of a relationship that was strained at times goes out the window and you’re starting from scratch with somebody new.”
Rondo needs a coach that can adapt to him, and that can hold him accountable with his teammates. Rondo was in an odd situation. I think a lot of Doc's and Rondo's issues came about because of Doc favoring his veteran "Big 3". Rondo was shouldering a lot, and I don't know if Doc used him correctly at times, so they both were headstrong, because maybe the communication wasn't as strong. Doc was a great communicator. But when it came to Rondo, maybe he didn't know what to do, or he felt that Rondo should just listen. Rondo needs to grow as well. Maybe he was stubborn at times with Doc, and maybe a new coach will allow Rondo to be his true self.