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Rondology: Looking Forward

Posted by paul on June 17, 2013 at 11:15 AM

 


I'm sure it's no surprise to Rondo fans that Bob Ryan is the first 'journalist' (that I've seen) to blame the Doc Affair on Rondo…


 

http://www.csnne.com/blog/celtics-talk/ryan-rivers-just-make-decision


 

I happen to agree with Ryan on this. Rondo is the point around which this whole drama revolves. Strip this situation down to its basics and I'd say you have Doc and KG looking to switch out Rondo for Chris Paul, for really the second time in three years. In a way, this is understandable, given the season that just ended. In some ways, during this last year, Rondo struggled valiantly to take up the mantle of team leader, despite what looks now like constant opposition, and difficult circumstances, but in other ways, Rondo's stubbornness seemed to get the best of him in 2012-2013, especially as regards his play on defense. There were times this season when we thought we were going to have to start calling him Rono, as in, Rondo-no-D. Rondo continued to play defense, most of the time, as if he still had a healthy Perkins and a (relatively) young Garnett backing him up. The result was at times a feast for opposing offenses. At times it seemed as though Rondo simply refused to recognize that Perkins is several years gone and KG isn't the defensive monster he once was (still a great defensive player).



 

 

 

So, in a way it's understandable that Doc and KG might have convinced themselves that the grass could be greener in LA, playing with Chris Paul. Why not go for less drama and more beef, right? Only, Paul has already torched two coaches, I believe, and gotten into bad relations, one hears, with Blake Griffin; what if Paul turns out to be as big a Drama-dary as Rondo? And what about you guys taking some personal responsibility, Doc and KG? This team looked unprepared and clueless for much of 2012-2013, it seems to me, and that can't be blamed entirely on Rondo. And what happened to the two-man game you and Rondo worked out at the end of the 2011-2012 season, KG? That seemed to be part of what saved 2011-2012, but it seemed to have been forgotten during much of 2012-2013. That question might lead into a bigger question: why, seven years into Rondo's career, do we still not have an offense tailored to our best player? Nor, for that matter, do we have a defense tailored to him. Rondo is still trying to make the best of a situation that is not designed with his talents in mind. How does that still make sense? I'll never forget a play from a couple of years ago where Rondo was trying to get a fast break going, and he had to literally push Paul Pierce up the floor.



 

 

One can go on and on with questions like this. Why is Paul Pierce still the captain? Shouldn't he and Rondo be co-captains by now? Pierce too needs to take some personal responsibility, doesn't he? He's still a great player, at times, and he's an all-time Celtics great, for sure (I'd rank him forth or fifth, behind Russell, Bird and Cowens).



More than anyone else (well, equally with KG) Paul Pierce rescued Celtics Pride. Some of the best basketball plays I've ever seen have involved Pierce and Rondo. Some of the magic those two guys have made together has been otherworldly. How many times have we seen Rondo slip a pass through traffic that only he could throw and only Pierce could catch? That's the basketball I love, the basketball that keeps me a fan. I guess I'd just like to have seen more of that magic. I know it can't be forced, but it just seems like two players so creatively gifted could have done more by somehow symbiotically blending their talents more. It' s understandable that Pierce can't be the highflying gazelle that Rondo might really want to play with, but then isn't it incumbent on him - with Rondo - to make the most of the talents which do lend to symbiosis? Are both these guys just too stubborn? Is there still time? Will anyone recognize that a raging Blame Game doesn't make last year's debacle better?



 

 

Danny seems to have decided pretty firmly that he is all in with Rondo. Reports seem to indicate that he'll only consider trading Rondo for a genuine superstar. If I were him, I'd make it clear that no trades are to be considered at all. Let's make a commitment. Also, unless one assumes that we want Bledsoe in order to replace Rondo, which I'd like to think is silly, acquiring Bledsoe looks like the opening move towards a larger trade, maybe - as Simmons suggests - towards someone like Josh Smith? I'd say that if we went for Josh Smith, that would be a pretty big sign that Danny wants to build a team around Rondo, and I think that's the right thing to do.



 

 

Frankly, I don't understand the debate around Rondo. There's really no question that he is a guy you can build a contender around - this last playoff debacle pretty much seals it, I'd say. Rondo's uncanny creativity, his Prime Time Rondo extra gears, his passion and smarts, all make a big difference when the big show starts. As Bill Walton said last year, during Rondo's struggles to lead the team, the next step is to do it more consistently. To accomplish that, Rondo needs to change something about his attitude, surely, but also the team needs to be designed in a way that is more friendly to his talents.

 



The thing is, Rondo is more than a great player. He's a transformational player. What exactly does that mean? Well, we won't know until he's done exactly what that means.



But for now, what it means - in my opinion - is that Danny shouldn't design a team for Rondo - if that's what he is doing - without working pretty closely with Rondo on that project. The way I see it, that's part of what you do when you have a transformational player. You allow them to take the lead more than you would with other players.



 

I'd like KG and Doc and PP to stay, but there need to be some changes, and those need to begin with folks looking at things in a different way, it seems to me.


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14 Comments

Reply Greg
1:14 PM on June 17, 2013 
Rondo did show that this team wins with him only at this point. Doc Rivers needs to go eat dinner with coach Pop. Parker has become the shit there as Duncan and Manu come help out. Are you goin to tell me Danny Green and Lenoard are better than Jeff Green when Green is at his best? Bradley needs to learn how to score more,and this team really has the makeup,but perhaps one player away not more like Danny said. Doc may have fucked things up,pardon my language.
Reply paul
1:23 PM on June 17, 2013 
Why all this focus on everything BUT working through the mistakes that were made last year, and realizing that the time has really come to not just talk about the Rondo era, but to actually enter it? It's not the players, as you say Greg. We are closer there than we looked last season. It's what we did with them, and the confused situation. Let's work this out. Everyone on the team is smart and understands the game.
Reply paul
1:26 PM on June 17, 2013 
The thing for me is that we are seven years into the Rondo era, and there is still no real sign of a Rondo team. To my way of thinking, it's on Rondo now.
Reply Birdman33
3:56 PM on June 17, 2013 
Doc and KG are all but gone. Paul Pierce soon to follow. At this point Pierce should be moved for a big so they can buy him out..
Reply Joe Murphy
3:59 PM on June 17, 2013 
Truly digusted,this is worse then Ray leaving.
Reply NeCsFan
5:28 PM on June 17, 2013 
Ok so I just wrote what I thought was a really poignant response to all this, and accidentally erased it lol. That'll teach me to stop posting novel length comments. The short version of my thesis was that I genuinely felt like Rondo tried in vein to lead this team this season, and that the undermining of any chance he had to do that started with Doc, and trickled all the way down to where even Avery Bradley blasted Rondo in public(before his abysmal playoff showing put him firmly in his place). I'm not saying Rondo doesn't have flaws or that he will be a perfect leader, but the man at the very least has earned the opportunity to sit in the driver's seat. This situation actually reminds me of Money Ball, with DA making his intentions very clear by the moves he's making as GM and Doc refusing to adjust his game plan as a coach to match his personnel(Doc seems to be suffering from I-still-think-Perk-is-here-itus just as much if not more than Rondo). As far as KG goes I think as much as he loves Rondo - which I think he genuinely does - he's just ready to carry a lesser load. PP, I think the biggest thing I would put on him is that he clearly didn't want to step aside and let Rondo take over. Which is natural after having been the unquestioned leader for so long, but that's also where Doc should have made a point to back a move to center the team around Rondo. All of this shows me that Doc either has no faith in Rondo as a leader which is a shame, or that he just doesn't want to be bothered with figuring out how to coach a more Rondo-centric offense which is a crying shame. Maybe it's just me, but from the beginning of this season right up until the team started sucking pond scum in the playoffs, Rondo's got a really bad rap. I don't want to play arm chair GM, but maybe the whole DA possibly trading Pierce was a move to make sure the team he was trying to put together was the team that would get coached. Just a thought. Who knows? IDK I'm pretty much in ramble mode, so I'm going to go ahead and lock it on up. But I will say again, there are many people(including #9) who need to own what is going on with the Cs right now. But, I certainly don't think Rondo, with his faults in tow is even close to the top of that list.
Reply NeCsFan
5:30 PM on June 17, 2013 
Even trying to keep it short I wrote a friggin book lol
Reply NeCsFan
9:40 PM on June 17, 2013 
On a lighter note. Rondo did a funny segment on Jimmy Kimmel Live with Cousin Sal, so there's that! It's actually pretty funny, and I think we could all use something Celtics to smile about.
Reply C'slife
1:31 AM on June 18, 2013 
NeCsFan says...
On a lighter note. Rondo did a funny segment on Jimmy Kimmel Live with Cousin Sal, so there's that! It's actually pretty funny, and I think we could all use something Celtics to smile about.


Agree. I'm excited for Rondo honestly. The cloud or shadow of living behind KG and Pierce is almost over,and a new coach with a fresh mindset could be the trick.
Reply paul
3:47 AM on June 18, 2013 
Birdman33 says...
Doc and KG are all but gone. Paul Pierce soon to follow. At this point Pierce should be moved for a big so they can buy him out..


What an unexpectedly dramatic turn of events this has been.
Reply paul
4:22 AM on June 18, 2013 
Joe Murphy says...
Truly digusted,this is worse then Ray leaving.


I think so too.
Reply paul
4:22 AM on June 18, 2013 
NeCsFan says...
On a lighter note. Rondo did a funny segment on Jimmy Kimmel Live with Cousin Sal, so there's that! It's actually pretty funny, and I think we could all use something Celtics to smile about.


Rondo really is a man of many talents.
Reply paul
4:26 AM on June 18, 2013 
NeCsFan says...
Ok so I just wrote what I thought was a really poignant response to all this, and accidentally erased it lol. That'll teach me to stop posting novel length comments. The short version of my thesis was that I genuinely felt like Rondo tried in vein to lead this team this season, and that the undermining of any chance he had to do that started with Doc, and trickled all the way down to where even Avery Bradley blasted Rondo in public(before his abysmal playoff showing put him firmly in his place). I'm not saying Rondo doesn't have flaws or that he will be a perfect leader, but the man at the very least has earned the opportunity to sit in the driver's seat. This situation actually reminds me of Money Ball, with DA making his intentions very clear by the moves he's making as GM and Doc refusing to adjust his game plan as a coach to match his personnel(Doc seems to be suffering from I-still-think-Perk-is-here-itus just as much if not more than Rondo). As far as KG goes I think as much as he loves Rondo - which I think he genuinely does - he's just ready to carry a lesser load. PP, I think the biggest thing I would put on him is that he clearly didn't want to step aside and let Rondo take over. Which is natural after having been the unquestioned leader for so long, but that's also where Doc should have made a point to back a move to center the team around Rondo. All of this shows me that Doc either has no faith in Rondo as a leader which is a shame, or that he just doesn't want to be bothered with figuring out how to coach a more Rondo-centric offense which is a crying shame. Maybe it's just me, but from the beginning of this season right up until the team started sucking pond scum in the playoffs, Rondo's got a really bad rap. I don't want to play arm chair GM, but maybe the whole DA possibly trading Pierce was a move to make sure the team he was trying to put together was the team that would get coached. Just a thought. Who knows? IDK I'm pretty much in ramble mode, so I'm going to go ahead and lock it on up. But I will say again, there are many people(including #9) who need to own what is going on with the Cs right now. But, I certainly don't think Rondo, with his faults in tow is even close to the top of that list.


Even if Rondo were at the top of that list, he's still that kind of rare talent that you need to try to build around, it seems to me. But he's not, as you say, even though he's taken most of the heat, most of the blame. I'm worried now, though, that it's starting to look like the deal is essentially KG for Jordan. That's not a good deal.
Reply paul
4:35 AM on June 18, 2013 
I hope Rondo comes back healthy, and with a huge chip on his shoulder, ready for a legendary year.

You have to hand it to the Clippers. The way they have handled these negotiations has been underhanded but smart. I'm sure they knew that once word got out that Doc was apparently looking for greener pastures, he'd be useless to the Cs, and they'd HAVE to trade him, in hopes of getting something rather than nothing. Basically, now, it looks like they will get next to nothing.