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Rondology: Learning to Lead

Posted by paul on November 29, 2012 at 5:45 AM

Rondo went too far last night.  I don't think there is any question about that.  Oftentimes in life, we go wrong not because of what we did, but because we didn't know when to stop.  Rondo was clearly in the right when he confronted and shoved Humphries, because Humphries had delivered a dangerous cheap shot to KG which sent KG awkwardly to the floor.    Not only was Rondo in the right, but he was showing that he truly accepts the role of leader on this Celtics team.  He personally took responsibility of confronting a man much larger than himself, to send a message that both teams needed.


It's hard to understand why - yet again - this team came out flat and weak.   It's not hard to understand, though, that the Nets seemed to be playing rough basketball, and the refs were helping them do it.   Will Danny take responsibility for getting rid of this team's interior presence and enforcer?  Will Doc take responsibility for not getting off his butt to defend his players?   Where is his voice when his players get hammered to the floor?


It's amazing to see how people have chosen to describe this incident with lying eyes.  It has to be deliberate.  Some are saying that Rondo is a thug, that what he did was a cheap shot, that KG flopped, that Humphries didn't even hit him - watching the reaction has been quite a demonstration of much that was wrong with the world.  It reminds me of high school.  Remember how the 'social reality' - that the cliques said was true - became the only reality for most, and everyone lived in a bizarre and nasty dream world?  Unfortunately, that never changes.  Those who speak and react honestly are almost always the most reviled.  


The only cheap shot was the one Humphries laid on KG.  What Rondo did was the exact opposite to  a cheap shot or thug move.  But reputations are weird.  Wade has been a true thug over and over again, and yet a poll of NBA players last year didn't even mention him as a cheap shot artist.


It was good to see Terry especially, and Pierce, Bass and KG come to Rondo's defense.  Terry was the quickest, and he had strong words after the game...

"Some guys are tough. Some guys pretend to be. He's one of those that pretends to be," said Terry. "I played with him (on the 2009-10 Dallas Mavericks). Maybe that's the role (head coach) Avery (Johnson) wants him to have, but he could leave that to somebody else."

http://www.celticslife.com/2012/11/jason-terry-calls-kris-humphries-fake.html


I love Terry for telling it like it is.   There are so many cheap shot artists in the league who don't have the reputation they deserve.  Battier.  Chandler.  Humphries.  Notice too how these guys all have that same smirk?  Remember that smirk from high school?   It's pathetic, but what's more pathetic is that those weak bully types never got called out for what they really were.  Kudos to Terry for calling Humphries out.  


It seems that Rondo will be gone for a while, and I really wonder how this season reset will affect the team.  What is wrong with this team that it would come out so flat for an important home game against a key rival?  Why are we, as Doc put it, so darned soft?   Rondo stepped up, as he did in the first game against the Hawks in the playoffs last year.  He hates bullies, he hates bad refs, and he knows that sometimes his team needs a reminder to care.  But you've got to calibrate it, Rondo.  It's hard to calibrate emotion, but nothing is more important to being a leader.


Meanwhile the Nets are calling Rondo a "mosquito", and supposedly they celebrated after the game.  That shows how intimidated they are by the Cs.  They acted like they won the championship, but all they did was beat the Celtics in a regular season game, with a lot of help with the Made Men in grey.  

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7 Comments

Reply Greg
8:49 AM on November 29, 2012 
I felt like they came out strong, but their shots were flat, and the refs changed momentum.
Reply Morena
8:51 AM on November 29, 2012 
I love it how Rondo confronted a man much larger than him.
I think it's great for a teammate see your leader stand up for your and see that he's afraid of nothing and no one.
I can't stand those bully neither. I hate them.
And against the Celtics they have a nice history of hard knock on Rondo if I remember well
The next step is to calibrate his emotions. As you said, self control is a really difficult art.

What did Bass said to Rondo's defense? I didn't read it
Reply paul
8:57 AM on November 29, 2012 
Greg says...
I felt like they came out strong, but their shots were flat, and the refs changed momentum.



I think that's right that the refs had a lot to do with it. The Nets were encouraged to maul the Cs.
Reply paul
8:59 AM on November 29, 2012 
Morena says...
I love it how Rondo confronted a man much larger than him.
I think it's great for a teammate see your leader stand up for your and see that he's afraid of nothing and no one.
I can't stand those bully neither. I hate them.
And against the Celtics they have a nice history of hard knock on Rondo if I remember well
The next step is to calibrate his emotions. As you said, self control is a really difficult art.

What did Bass said to Rondo's defense? I didn't read it


He didn't say anything, but he was in the middle of the pile. Most observers seem never to have led anything. Leading is an art in itself. Everyone does it differently, and every group needs a different kind of leadership. Rondo is learning his own version of that art.
Reply Henry
9:06 AM on November 29, 2012 
The Nets will get theirs. I think Shawn called It out. They play isolation basketball. Johnson,and Williams dribbled the crap out of the ball. No ball movement.
Reply paul
9:18 AM on November 29, 2012 
Henry says...
The Nets will get theirs. I think Shawn called It out. They play isolation basketball. Johnson,and Williams dribbled the crap out of the ball. No ball movement.



WE should have beaten them. Why do we play so flat sometimes?
Reply paul
9:24 AM on November 29, 2012 
The guy at Celtics Blog has it right:

"I'm still a huge Rajon fan. You take the good with the bad with these guys. But perhaps Rajon needs to take a page or two from the guy that he was sticking up for.

Kevin Garnett has a legendary intensity and has as much of a temper as anyone. He gets into shoving matches with guys about once a week. But he's mastered the art of knowing when to walk away and how to put his arms up in the air to say "I'm stopping, if anything else happens it is his fault.""

It's so important to know when to walk away.