Re: Analysis of What's wrong with the Celtics
posted at 1/3/2013 9:24 AM EST
In response to BostonTrollSpanker's comment:
"The Celtics lost one of their leaders in Ray, which always led by example with his hard work. Rondo on the other hand probably still sits in the parking lot until near tipoff...because that's the kind of leader he is. "
Aww c'mon. Ray acted like a total baby when he was asked to do what was best for the team and come off the bench last year. Bradley needed to start, and starting him turned the season around. The idea that Ray was some perfect leader is such a fiction. Rondo meanwhile, the jury is still out on him in some ways as a leader and we'll know the full story pretty soon, but one thing about Rondo is that he has a very high pain tolerance and has played through very rough injuries. He's playing with a bum hip currently. That is part of leadership.
But yeah, Rondo will bear some responsibility for this team's events. However he is technically not the captain, Pierce is. There's lot of blame to go around currently. Singling out one player because you don't like them is unfair.
Ray did not act like a baby. He went to Doc and said "do it". He knew Doc wanted to sit him but was afraid Ray would take it the wrong way so Ray did what was best and let Doc off the hook - volunteering to go to the bench. Ray didn't WANT to, but he knew it was best.
Ray is a model citizen on a team - not complaining publicly, doing what is asked, and providing support where necessary. We could use what Ray delivered last night (15 points and 7 rebounds in a close contest.....and a critical 3 pointer as Miami was coming back).
Ray is old, as well, but we didn't replace him with a young sharpshooting athletic guard. We got a poor man's Ray in Jet......who can't shoot as well and is not big enough to play D so we ened up with a downgrade. Hope Bradley takes most of the minutes and plays like he did last year!