|Posted by shawn cassidy on January 20, 2014 at 5:15 AM|
Like I said in Morning Joe. Being patient with Rondo is the mindset that we must have. His teammates understand the process, especially Sully and Bradley who had season ending injuries in past years.
So Rondo as well as his teammates must continue to exercise patience during this transition period.
"Rondo is a great player," said Celtics guard Avery Bradley. "It is just going to take time for him to get used to everybody. We all have to get used to each other. The good thing is we are all open to it and we all have the same goals."
And while the man holding down the point guard duties (Jordan Crawford, now in Golden State following three-team deal earlier this month) prior to Rondo's return showed a willingness to be a pass-first playmaker, no one is confusing Crawford's contributions to those that can be made by Rondo, a four time All-Star.
"We had a similar, but just not as elite (point guard) in Jordan Crawford," said Jared Sullinger. "Rondo slowly is learning the offense on the fly. He is competing. It's only a matter of time before Rondo officially takes over like last year."
I know Rondo knows the playbook from the cover to the last page, but actually running through the plays during the games is differnt. Rondo's a student of the game, and he's a smart player. Rondo will be fine. Rondo's teammates know it will take time, but Rondo is itiching a bit with the minutes restriction.
Rondo isn't close to shifting into take-over mode, but there are very tangible signs that he's making the kind of progress that bodes well for both him and the Celtics going forward.
When asked about his conditioning and what does he need to see that indicates progress, Rondo responded, "me not begging to come out."
There was none of that on Sunday night.
In fact, it was just the opposite.
When head coach Brad Stevens went to take Rondo out in the second quarter, it appeared as though Rondo was trying to lobby his coach to let him play longer.
"I was," said Rondo, who added with a grin, "It's going to happen (again)."