|Posted by Morena on January 19, 2014 at 4:55 AM|
It was 357 days since the last time we’ve seen him on the floor.
All these months waiting, hoping and dreaming, and wondering what would happen once he’d finally be back.
My reaction? Breathless
You know when you feel that tight knot in your throat, almost painful, that shuts you up. It’s one of those situation where all your feelings got mixed up and you can’t even tell what’s going on in your mind.
When the speaker finally announced “the other guard”, the time stopped for a while: everyone in the garden and everyone that was watching the game on TV, was looking at the slender man with the number 9 on his back. Then, started to sunk in what exactly the speaker said: “ 6’1”, from Kentucky, the Captain, number nine, Rajon Rondo”
We talked for a while during the summer about the fact that Ainge and Stevens needed to name Rondo Captain to confirm his leadership, and some of us were not very happy with the fact that they didn’t do that. It turns out that they were right.
"I've always believed that Captains name themselves with their leadership on and off the court,” Stevens told Celtics.com. “This isn't about us naming Rondo captain. This is about him earning that title through his play as a Celtic, his accountability as a leader of this team, and his commitment to the Boston community."
Once again, this man is right.
As a fan, I admit that I sometimes struggle to look at things from the outside, and I get a little caught up with my excitement and my passion for the team.
I wanted Rondo to be the Captain because I love the player, I love the man with his intelligence and dry humor, and I admire him for the growing path he’s been able to follow; so I wanted him to be the face of our franchise.
Stevens just did what he does in every situation: he analyzed things and did what’s most logical.
I mean, there’s nothing wrong in what he said; on the contrary, I once again agree.
You can’t just be named Captain and expect everyone to follow your lead: you have to make yourself accountable on and off the court; you’ve got to be involved, in the game, during practice, and in the community; you have to lead by example, working harder than anybody else; and just then you can expect that everyone will follow you.
And that’s what Rondo did in the last couple of years. I think that’s what he meant when he said he’s earned it.
“I’m just definitely honored, following Paul Pierce who was our last captain, and he held the seat for a long time. And so, it’s definitely something I’m very proud of. I think I’ve earned it”
I do believe Rondo is a guy born to be a leader.
In the early stage of his career, he struggled at that, partly because of him being so introverted, and partly because of his bright mind I think. Throw in the fact that he’s a bit cocky, and you’ve got the complete picture. Still, those are the same characteristics that can make you a good leader, when you learn how to use them. And Rondo learned that; he really has matured a lot since he first arrived in the league.
In this year, he showed that he’s tough, that he’s gonna be ready when it counts most, and that he’s not going to give up.
The new Celtics era has finally become real.
Now, the face of the franchise is finally back.
The road is still a long one, but I’m ready to follow my captain.