|Posted by shawn cassidy on January 9, 2014 at 12:45 PM|
Rondo has seen it all in his time with the Celtics. He endured the 18 game losing streak in 2007, and the following season he helped raise a banner for the Celtics. He's seen injuries derail this team, and lost chances in the 2010 Finals, and in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals. This is, in some ways new for Rondo. He's on the bench rehabbing from a major injury, watching his team struggle.
Stevens noted how he sat down with rehabbing point guard Rajon Rondo on Wednesday and discussed how to endure a losing stretch like this, something he never navigated at the college level.
"This is hard. This is really hard," Stevens said. "It’s not something that I enjoy. I don’t think it’s something that any of our guys enjoy. I sat down with Rondo [Wednesday], he’s been through the ultimate highs and ultimate lows of this. I think, at the end of the day, we would like to get the result we want, but more than anything as a basketball coach, and as a guy who loves basketball, I want to play well. I just want to play like a basketball team should play."
This will make the duo of Stevens and Rondo stronger. Much like Doc and Paul. I think Rondo's game will change a bit once he returns, but in the best way possible. Maybe it will be because of the injury, or because he'll be a bit older. I think his jumper will be sound, and his leadership will be better.