Leadership

That’s what Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett displayed at halftime of the Orlando loss.

“All I know,” said Boston coach Doc Rivers, who as a rule joins the players in the lockerroom after granting them a five-minute cooling off period at halftime, “is that when I came in, Rondo and Garnett were both standing in front of the chalkboard. So I guess they said something.”

“They were telling us we were a step too slow and they were telling us we weren’t into the game,” said Celtics big man Mikki Moore in a dispassionate and highly-edited translation. “They’re our teammates, so they tell it like it is. It’s a different kind of frustration: They see us not playing like we should; to us we’re playing hard but it’s just not going our way.”

I cannot begin to express how much I love this team.  Part of it is the fact that Rondo had the sack to get up there and be a leader along with KG… and part of it is that the team dyanmic is strong enough to accept that kind of “colorful” criticism… especially from this 23 year old kid.

Anyone can “love” a championship team.  But these little things glimpses into the team dynamic are what really make a team special in the eyes of fans.

(via FanHouse)

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10 Responses

  1. KG and Rondo up in-front of chalk board doing X’s and O’s – Love it.

    Would KG be a good coach when he is done playing? I think the obvious answer is “NO” because he is too emotional and might lead the league in ejections… on the other hand he might be good at it because he will be a player’s coach and players will want to run through a brick wall for him. If he can keep his emotions in check then he might be good. Your thoughts….

  2. I think KG is too emotional to be a coach. I think he gets so caught up in the moment of it all… he’ll open himself up to mistakes.

    Emotion is great as a player, bad as a coach. You need to be able to block that out and look at a game objectively as a coach. KG is great and very knowledgeable, but I don’t think he’s got the right personality to be a coach.

  3. Yeah..he can’t even sit on the bench when he’s hurt. I can see him running over to jump up and block a shot Jose Calderon puts up after the whistle-in a sweater and shoes…

  4. I just love the little things about this team that show how great they.
    Can I add that the author of the fanhouse article is an idiot? I’d say the fact that the Celtics had a chance to tie the game shows its very possible for them to beat the Magic without KG and Rondo. And that you know their halftime coaching actually worked.

  5. KG and Rondo Player coaches? Save Money? LOL, just playing our assistant coaches are good. I am sure Sammy tried to get up on the chalk board but Doc told him to sit down. LOL

  6. Honestly out of the big 3 Ray Ray would probably be the best coach. Calm, collective, high b-ball IQ and objective. He’ll be either a basketball coach or politician when he is done playing.

  7. Ok, well enough talking about life after basketball for the Big 3 – We have to take care of business with who we have tomorrow night and the rest of this week. D. Wade is playing like a MVP and we’ll have our hands FULL. If my memory serves me well E. House lit it up last time we played the Heat. Start House and let him rain 3’s.

    Go Celtics!!!!!

  8. I think KG would be the first coach that could actually “sell” tickets. I know I would be first in line to buy season tickets for any team that hires him as coach just to see if he runs onto the court to goaltend after the whistle….

    Question is: Would he play Bill Walker??

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  10. Rondo…with the courage and leadership to get in front of this veteran team to criticize and motivate. Impressive, since he wouldn’t have been able to do that at the beginning of last season. He’s matured in leaps and bounds.

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