|Posted by Morena on October 6, 2013 at 8:15 AM|
In the last eight months, we’ve been asking ourselves what Rondo can do to gain back his team and finally become the leader. As happened in the last couple of years, there seems to be some chaos about the leadership of this team. Rondo should be the leader of this team, but we’re not sure everybody on the court is ready to accept his leadership.
The only way the has to assert himself as a leader even not being on the court, is become the NBA's youngest assistant coach. Reports from last years said that guys from Celtics staff were already telling Rondo that when his NBA career will be over, he can try and became a Head Coach because he has the talent to do it.
I heard an interview of Rondo during media day during which he said that, especially at the NBA level, basketball is more mental that physical, and during the last years, we got to know that Rondo’s brain works in a pretty special way. He has a photographic memory that allow him to see schemes and playbook and remember them right away.
I’m sure this has caused Rondo more that one problem throughout his basketball career, starting from high school. His love for numbers, his brilliant memory and his natural instinct for the game let him see certain things before everybody else, and he said he used to get pretty frustrated because, especially at the beginning, his teammates couldn’t pick up things as fast as him. This happen even now, but he said he now understand hat he can’t expect everybody to see what he sees in the exact same moment and he’s learning to control his frustration. Even Doc and his veteran teammates said that there were times where he just turn the lights off and stopped playing, while in the last period you could see him on the bench fighting himself and more than once winning his inner battle. Even we could see this even from TV.
Now he has the chance to use this incredible talent even from the bench to see what a great player he is, and to gain the respect he deserves among his teammates.
It would be like proving himself on the court even while he’s on the bench.
If he’s able to do this, there won’t really be no more doubt about who’s the leader on this team, because he can really gain a lot of respect even from Celtics coaching staff and management.
Brad Stevens seams really fascinated by Rondo. He had another interesting interview in which he said he shares a lot of things with Rondo. I like the fact that he said he does it with everybody but some people throw things away, while Rondo is very respectful and curious. That’s exactly the idea of Rondo I have on my mind. He can be cocky sometimes, but I think that in part this comes from his early years when he was to be way ahead of everybody else. But Rondo himself said that he doesn’t talk about things that he doesn’t know, and that he study tons of video.
It must be a relief for him to have someone that sit down with him and talk to him about what he sees and what it’s better for the team, because it looks like that’s what Stevens is doing. After all, Rondo made some big mistakes, but when mattered most, during playoffs, he showed everybody that he is able to take the team on his shoulders and fight. Just think at Game 7 whit the Phillies a couple of years ago. Those were the times where he was our best players but he had no control at all on the team; the BIG 3 was still there in complete fashion. He wasn’t playing a good game, but in the moment Pierce fouled out, he literally took over. Sometimes I find myself thinking about that game because it was so impressive to me. He wasn’t a player anymore, he looked more like a hurricane, everywhere on the field, grabbing every ball and destroying the 76ers that just didn’t have an answer to that power.
He deserve the opportunity to prove himself, and he has to gain it by becoming a great coach while he’s on the bench. While he’s there he’s not the point guard, he’s not the teammate, he’s the assistant coach.
And this would help not only his leadership role but also the relationship with Stevens and their way to work together. And I’m sure Rondo understand this.
As I’ve said many time, I have doubts about this teams, and I know Rondo has his flaws, but one thing I’m sure about, is his intelligence. I don’t think he will disappoint me in that way, and that’s the main reason I’m so optimistic going into this season.