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Rondo growing as a leader and player

Posted by shawn cassidy on November 1, 2013 at 6:10 AM

An ironic thing for Rondo is discovering that maybe the injury helped his career long term. I don't know if that's a statement that I fully believe. But it's something that I feel. Rondo has always been a student of the game in many ways. Now he's learning Brad Stevens system inside and out along side him on the bench.

ESPN Boston

Sporting brown corduroys and a navy blue blazer, Rajon Rondo arrived at the bench for Thursday's season-opener looking like the hippest assistant coach in the league. With a basketball-skinned notebook, Rondo sat on the bench offering his usual advice to his teammates (and coach Brad Stevens). Said Stevens' of Rondo's presence, "I think this will be really good for him. It’s kinda like when you redshirt somebody in college and they have to sit out however many games, they get to watch and learn and see it from a different vantage point, so whenever he comes back, he’s going to be better for it. It doesn’t feel like it now for him or us, but if our team can keep fighting like they did [Wednesday], that’s OK. When he gets back, we’ll be better." Rondo likewise gushed about his new coach's first game after the loss (hop HERE for more on that from the Boston Herald).

Through a maze of self pity, you won't find Rondo there looking for a way out. The maze that Rondo chose is the maze of self discovery. Reaching the top. It doesn't stop the feeling of satisfaction for Rondo. Things that seemed so right before. Lost their happiness and became wrong. I say that because the "Big 3" were that right. But it all became a bit wrong as Rondo set himself apart. Rondo was that drug, or serum that old people look for. Rondo was that for the "Big3".

Living is learning , to cope with the obstacles that may come are way. Living is learning, and to take the good with the bad. That's been Rondo's stance this season.

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Reply Greg
12:07 PM on November 1, 2013 
Good thought on it. Rondo has taken this entire injury and made it a positive thing.
Reply Franklin
12:31 PM on November 1, 2013 
He's growing from this. Him and Kobe have been the only guys out coaching when injured. Rose only showed up during last years playoffs. Where was he in the regular season? Dodging the press.