|Posted by shawn cassidy on May 8, 2013 at 1:15 AM|
Within the settling dust and ascending smoke of the 2013 season. I feel like we solved a riddle, or we put the pieces together as if were solving a crime. I believe many critics,or haters had a case for awhile about Rondo being a possible cancer. A lot of these critics want Rondo to be the cookie cutter guy. But he is who he is, and asking someone to change because we expect something different out of them is not a reason to hate that said person.
What do we want from him? I care about his basketball game. I care about what he does on the court. Do I care about what he does off the court? In a small way. It's easy to get attached to these players. Especially if there franchise players.I don't want to pick him apart. I do worry about his image because I like the player he is. The way he plays the game says a lot about the person in some ways.
For the critics side of things. Here is Felger's video link of him eating crow as they say. These guys find gimmicks so they can stay on TV, or so guys like me use his over the top comments to our advantage. In the wake all of this,and from the disappointing season. I think or hope that light switch turned on in some fans,and critics heads. Where the hell is Bob Ryan? Mr. Rondo hater himself, did I miss an article from him as well? The loss of Rondo wasn't the Celtics gain this season. I'm confident Rondo would have went toe to toe with Melo in round one, and he would have gotten the best of him. So what's Ainge think of all of this. He said this a couple of days ago.
"If anybody had any doubts about the whole Rondo impact on a team, all you have to look at is the last five years of the playoffs and look at this year's playoffs," Ainge told CSNNE.com. "Having a player with the ability to take his game (to another level) and score when the defenses are so great . . . those guys are very, very rare."
If any of you know me on facebook. I had a status update of myself watching game 6 of the 2008 finals a few days ago. I really wanted a walk down memory lane, but what I got was another answer to the question of Rondo's impact. Rondo in 2008 isn't the Rondo of today, but that Rondo from 2008 was very good. He was overshadowed by the Big Three that season, for very good reasons. Even Ainge had to go out and get insurance with Sam Cassell. In 2008's game 6 title clinching game. Rondo set the tone, and he was as important as anyone on that team in that game. Rondo had 21 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds,and 6 steals. The game was a work of art by Rondo. It's one of those early gems that goes unnoticed in his career. Because the game was about The Big Three getting their title,and a franchise returning to the top.
Rondo has a lot of work ahead of him. Especially if he wants to reach the pinnacle of his ability. Sometimes adversity makes people come out of times of trouble even stronger. Rondo has to prove only to himself in the end that he did what he could with what he has. I think Rondo faces some of the issues that Kobe faced after the Shaq trade. Kobe had to win a title as the main man. Kobe had that label of only winning titles with Shaq. During the Lakers three-peat in the early 2000's. Shaq was the go-to guy, and Kobe was the Robin to the Batman. Rondo will face critics saying that he couldn't win a ring without the Big Three. Rondo may still win a ring with KG and Pierce in uniform next season. But the catch there is that they'll be way past their primes.
I think the message has been clear for awhile, and it feels like it's a topic of discussion a few times a week. But the impact of Rondo is the real deal. If you thought this guy was all about the records,or all about the assists. Your sorely mistaken. There's moments in life where time slows down. Reality becomes visible.Your ability to know the inevitable is assured. And your mind races faster then it ever has before after the reality sinks in.