posted at 6/23/2013 3:34 PM EDT
In response to Karllost's comment:
Good points brought up... Doc never used his power as HC to deter Rondo, never sitting him for a game or even a stretch... probably just kept begging him to play team ball while the Celtics lost and lost. A total waste as a coach.
Then he got the brain storm to annoint Rondo team leader!! THis is ROndos team now... KG & PP take a back seat for the little squirt... IF he wasnt a big enough head case before, wow....its now RONDAs team!!!
DOc created a monster which wsa always in the making but DOc fed it HGH and everything else under the sun to speed it along... what a disaster and Docs only way to cope with it was his phony attempt to fight ROnda...
DOc Rivers is not a good coach... KG is the coach of this team... how often have players, announcers, writers etc all chimed in that KG changed the culture of the Celtics??? Not DOc Rivers but KG! He brought the team together, demanded focus and intensity and hard practices etc.... only Doc allowed the diva to derail KGs fine coaching. Now Doc wants to bolt the C's cause hes over his head again and take coach KG with him to do his job again in LA..
Pray Doc is gone next season and then hope DA gets rid of Rondo right before Wyc fires him...
Bring Larry back to rebuild the organization and team...
oh, but you're being too critical- there was ONCE- exactly ONE TIME that rondo was benched for a period of about 6 minutes....
i watched rondo stink up a game vs. toronto in 2008 or early 2009 in which calderon, ever the sub mediocre PG, was TORCHING, nay, SCORCHING rebellious rajon and rondo's response was to overtly QUIT on defense and get torched some more. you know- it was toronto- not a game worth trying to the young 23 y/o lad "veteran
it was such a surreal and incredible sight i will never forget it. of course the game was awful and meaningless and is not on youtube to prove out my story, but i know some of yoozes watched that same game. KG said something to rondo and patted him on the rear, then doc gave him the double fists "let's go!" and rondo sagged even more.
FINALLY he was pulled out of the game late in the first half, well ahead of normal substitution pattenrs, because he was such a freaking embarrassment, and there was no story that he "had the flu" or anything, because he didn't. tommy was apopleptic on the mic, as was gorman- what could be so wrong with playing the game you love that you can't even try a bit on defense, especially against a turkey like calderon!
so rondo sat, for the ONLY TIME IN HIS CELTIC LIFE, for the LAST FEW MINUTES of the first half and then was RIGHT BACK OUT THERE for the second half. i've never seen anything like it. any other player on any other team, star or not, would have been benched the rest of the game and probably taken aside for a serious "come to jesus" meeting about what's going on in the world and who's in charge and likely would not have played for a GAME OR TWO after the fact until they "GOT THEIR HEAD RIGHT".
but with rajon, he was spat back out onto the floor for that second half. and it didn't get much better. calderon finished with 26 points and rondo had somewhere between 3 and 6 points, performed at a lower level than if you peeled fat old john bagley out of the lazy boy chair RIGHT NOW and put a 2XL shirt on him and said "go do it bags" . now, as far as "how bad was it" really? it was extremely bad- rondo quit on defense to the 95th percentile. he was no longer bending his knees or trying to stop calderon. when he got beat, he hung his head like a loser. THIS IS CALDERON PEOPLE- a guy who couldn't scarcely turn in double digits points for a year on a stinker like toronto!!