|Posted by paul on February 2, 2013 at 7:45 AM|
As I recall it, the bitching about Rondo from some of his teammates started early this year, and as I recall, Green and Lee were both in on it early. I think some of it came to light publicly during an early Rondo suspension or injury, when Lee and Green played better, and seemingly made a point of explaining that this was because they were handling the ball more and getting more opportunities to create. On one level, how they played, and what they said pointed to Doc and Rondo's total failure to design a revamped offense in the off-season, something I'd REALLY like to see Doc and Rondo both admit to, but on another level, who the hell were they (Green and Lee) to suggest that they deserved the ball more than our best player? Why weren't they moving without the ball and creating opportunities? Rondo is the one player in the league most likely to find and get the ball to a player in a position to score. They had a responsibility to create opportunities and to hit shots. They were near total failures at that.
The way this team is playing now confirms how great we could have been, and while Rondo deserves a lot of the blame for things not working out, so do the folks who suddenly have found their games, as if they had hidden them under the couch cushions. KG says it's all about Celtics Pride. Ok. That's a nice thought. But where was that pride the rest of the year? I guess it was under the couch cushions too.
The Cs are playing better now, and in a way, that's all that matters. I'll wave pom poms made out of couch cushions, decorated with recent quotations from Brandon Bass and Jason Terry cut to shreds...
In another post, I was talking about double standards. With regards to that, isn't it interesting that if Jeff Green throws down a monster dunk, it's generally valued by the fans and media as pretty much equivalent to ten points and five rebounds, but if Rondo makes an amazing play - such as hitting a running sky hook over Tyson Chandler, arguably the top defensive center in the game today, or throwing an amazing pass - it's ignored, or actually held against him as evidence of his hero play, of his supposed style over substance approach to basketball, all flash and glitter and not real basketball? So let's see, Jeff Green isn't a journeyman who occasionally rings bells with impressive power dunks; instead he is a new Human Highlight Film who just needs a chance (never mind that he came into the league as a high pick and was immediately a key part of the Thunder, and now of the Celtics). Rondo, on the other hand, isn't a brilliant player who makes more amazing plays per game than anyone we've seen in years; nope, he's a Globetrotters reject who prefers doing handstands at midcourt to playing 'real' basketball...
I like Jeff Green. I don't blame him for The Trade. I just don't like the double standards.