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Celtics Morning Joe: Rondo takes blame, and defensive accountability

Posted by shawn cassidy on January 4, 2013 at 6:00 AM


The Celtics have a mountain to climb, and the leader to guide the Celtics up that mountain is Rondo. The fingers point towards him, and the eyes burn through Rondo as we all hope, and wait for the Celtics to turn the season around. Rondo loves t win, and he simply made this statement yesterday during the Celtics practice session.


"I'm a sore loser and it's tough to lose," he said.


When I read, or hear Rondo say this, and it's not the first time he's said something like this. I want him to play like Rondo from last years 44 point out burst against the Heat. In the next set of quotes, and statements it leaves me confused, and alarmed about this team even more.



MetroWest Daily News


"Most guys follow a good example," Rondo said. "So I’ve got to continue to be vocal and do a better job keeping the ball in front of me (defensively). I don’t blame anyone else. I have to take on a bigger role and do a better job for the team."


Rondo is fully aware of his defensive dropping, and it's on him to get it together, and maybe his comfort level will help since Bradley is back. Time will tell on that.


Rondo described himself as a "sore loser" and intimated that taking each loss to heart is something he would like to see become more contagious throughout the team.

"You learn that everybody isn’t a sore loser," he said, without specifying whether he was talking about players on the current roster. "Some guys are OK with losing. Some guys are OK with getting a check. But with everything I do I compete and want to win, so this four-game losing streak is frustrating for me."


The Celtics have issues, and it's unclear to us who doesn't care about winning. It's unclear if Rondo is talking about teammates as well. I think he's trying to get something out of his team. Like Bird in away. Bird knew when to pull the strings with teammates.


Getting his teammates to feel his frustration, and react positively to it, is Rondo’s charge even if Celtics coach Doc Rivers downplayed his level of responsibility for it on Thursday.

"Rondo’s one of the leaders of this team," the coach said. "I don’t know who said he was the leader. I think Kevin (Garnett) is still the leader of the team, and Paul (Pierce’s) one of the leaders, and Rondo’s one of the leaders."

That who, of course, was Rondo himself in preseason, saying he wanted, and was ready for, that level of responsibility on and off the court.

"They pay me enough so I’ve got to figure it out," he said Thursday. "Depending on the season, my role may change. I think it has a little bit here. I’ve got to try to maintain my focus, and not try to overdo everything. I have to score more, but at the same time still find my teammates to score."

 


The problem is laid out in front of us, and it was last years issue in the regular season. History repeats it's self doesn't it? Doc is not ready to let Rondo have this team. He wants more out of him, but he doesn't give him the authority. Doc's a great coach, and a smart guy. But he seems to not get the fact that Rondo is dealing with taking leadership issues. Rondo gets the blame, and this is still KG, and Paul's team. Not fair for Rondo. I don't mind if all three are leaders, but it's not working. It worked in 2008 having three guys lead, and it worked in other seasons. But this roster isn't the same, and the roles have changed dramatically.


So many issues with this team, and it's hard to pin point what's wrong. The defense is off, and so is the offensive chemistry right now. The Celtics have been awful guarding the paint. You name it, and it seems as if the Celtics struggle. I really hate being the negative guy these days. But it's a  fact that the Celtics have no solutions yet. Last season I gave this team a chance win or lose. With this talent I can't allow it.

 

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4 Comments

Reply Morena
7:42 AM on January 4, 2013 
Yeah, it's nice to hear from Rondo that he hates losing. I also liked the fact that he said HE have to find a way to make this team go. He's not the one to shy away from responsibility. At the same time, I don't understand why he knows he has to be more aggressive and play better defense, and he doesn't do it. What's wrong with him? Is he ok? And I'm not talking about the last couple of games where he was clearly injured.

The second part of the interview was really alarming:
1. "Most guys follow the good example" - does this mean that not everybody is ready to follow him as a leader? This may also be Doc's fault, as you pointed out. I love Doc, but I was astonished when he said "I don't know who said that Rondo is the leader". He was the one to say that, together with Danny Ainge!! I don't understand what's going on here.
2. "You learn that everybody isn?t a sore loser" - is he talking about someone on the team? He looks like a guy that is not afraid to tell things directly, and it's strange that he said something like that to the media, but I really don't know what to think anymore.
If there's really someone who is not interested in winning and doesn't follow his lead, well, I can understand him being frustrated.

I really don't understand what's going on here. I just hope the sort everything out quickly.
Reply paul
8:51 AM on January 4, 2013 
What the hell is wrong with Doc? Rondo is this team's leader. And it wasn't just Rondo who said that this summer. Everyone did. I'm pretty sure Doc did too. Fact is, Doc seems to say a different thing every day. I'm so sick of that. For God's sake, here is Rondo stepping up and taking responsibility the way we badly need him to and Doc says, in effect, "don't listen to him, he's not the leader".

It's kind of like Star Wars. Luke is the leader. Yeah, Obi Wan is the gravitas guy, and Ford's character is the 'git 'er done' guy, but Mark is the guy with the passion, the vision, and the x factor. Stop telling him that he's not a leader, and help him figure out HOW TO LEAD THIS TEAM.
Reply paul
8:57 AM on January 4, 2013 
Morena says...
Yeah, it's nice to hear from Rondo that he hates losing. I also liked the fact that he said HE have to find a way to make this team go. He's not the one to shy away from responsibility. At the same time, I don't understand why he knows he has to be more aggressive and play better defense, and he doesn't do it. What's wrong with him? Is he ok? And I'm not talking about the last couple of games where he was clearly injured.

The second part of the interview was really alarming:
1. "Most guys follow the good example" - does this mean that not everybody is ready to follow him as a leader? This may also be Doc's fault, as you pointed out. I love Doc, but I was astonished when he said "I don't know who said that Rondo is the leader". He was the one to say that, together with Danny Ainge!! I don't understand what's going on here.
2. "You learn that everybody isn?t a sore loser" - is he talking about someone on the team? He looks like a guy that is not afraid to tell things directly, and it's strange that he said something like that to the media, but I really don't know what to think anymore.
If there's really someone who is not interested in winning and doesn't follow his lead, well, I can understand him being frustrated.

I really don't understand what's going on here. I just hope the sort everything out quickly.


I so agree with everything you are saying here, Morena. What on earth is wrong with Doc? Rondo finally spoke like a true leader, and DOC UNDERCUTS HIM?!!! WTF?

It's clear that this team is like a dysfunctional family right now. What Doc said shows that, and also, Rondo's words that indicate that there are folks on the team who don't listen show that. But Rondo is right that it comes down to his leadership by example more than anything else. If you and Avery and KG are out there working hard, putting it all out on the floor, the others will respond, and those that don't will have shown that they don't want to.

That comment from Doc pretty much made me hurl...
Reply Morena
10:15 AM on January 4, 2013 
paul says...
What the hell is wrong with Doc? Rondo is this team's leader. And it wasn't just Rondo who said that this summer. Everyone did. I'm pretty sure Doc did too. Fact is, Doc seems to say a different thing every day. I'm so sick of that. For God's sake, here is Rondo stepping up and taking responsibility the way we badly need him to and Doc says, in effect, "don't listen to him, he's not the leader".

It's kind of like Star Wars. Luke is the leader. Yeah, Obi Wan is the gravitas guy, and Ford's character is the 'git 'er done' guy, but Mark is the guy with the passion, the vision, and the x factor. Stop telling him that he's not a leader, and help him figure out HOW TO LEAD THIS TEAM.


Thanks Paul!
You are so right here!! Doc is really shutting him up!! This is crazy!!
Every year, at the end of the season it looks like Doc is ready to give Rondo the keys of the team and that he fully trust him, and then, at the beginning of the following season, we are always at the same, confused point!!