It’s early yet, but our main man Rajon Rondo looks large and in charge, and that’s cool with me because we’re going to need Rondo in all-out beast mode if our Celtics are going to scale Mt. Saint South Beach to reach the NBA Finals. That’s not a diss to our other competitors, namely Chicago, Brooklyn, New York and Philly. It’s just that Miami is the cream of the NBA crop at the moment, and our Celtics will likely face LeBron & Co. at some point during the 2013 NBA Playoffs.
Now, back to Rondo.
I’ve watched both Euro exhibition games, and there are parts of Rondo’s game that still need fine-tuning prior to the start of the regular season. I’ve seen some sloppy passing, which comes at this time of year, especially on a team with a host of new faces. I’ve seen Rondo trying to do too much at times, as if he’s pressing a little too hard instead of letting the game come to him a bit more.
But those are minor, and Rondo will no doubt tweak these areas as we get closer to when the games really count.
What I do like is the fact that Rondo is playing with a real sense of urgency, as if we were on the south side of the All-Star Break and staring the playoffs in the face. Clearly, Rondo is playing with an edge. And you’ve got to like that if you’re a Celtics fan, because that means our man Rajon is taking this preseason seriously. He knows that this team is his now. He’s heard the chirping that Ray Allen didn’t care much for him, and that he’s prickly, and that he’s unwilling to assume the mantle of team leader.
I’m not saying Rondo is all grown up, but he’s a more mature player right now and he knows he has to get after it from Day 1.
And I don’t think it hurts that he’s gotten into fashion this offseason. I think it has helped give him a new sense of perspective, and helped him to think about things a little bit differently. Maybe it has also given him something of a mental refresher. Whatever the case, Rondo is a lot more yummy than he was before.