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Your Morning Dump… Where Rondo is their leader

RedsArmyAdmin December 14, 2009 Uncategorized 8 Comments

Rondo yelling

Every
morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here…
highlighting the big storyline.  Because there's nothing quite as
satisfying a good morning dump.

“It’s great where he is at mentally, he understands our team,’’ Rivers
said. “If we come down and take three or four shots without running the
offense, he’ll slow us down and get us in a set. That’s the sign of a
great point guard. He’s become a leader on our team and I think that’s
the step he’s taken this year. Our guys now want to follow him and
that’s huge when your point guard is your leader.’’

Globe Celtics Notebook/Rondo giving it his best shot

Man… the praise for Rajon Rondo has been effusive lately.  Read that piece and you'll get a whole lot more. 

What more can I say about this kid?  This year he's taking the next step.  He's young and learning… and this is the result.  He's taking more control of games.  He's taking more of a leadership role.  He's fixing holes in his game and playing with more confidence.

The one thing he needs to work on his how to attack teams with good shot blockers.  He's got to figure out how to challenge those shot blockers rather than whipping passes out to the 3 point line while he's at the rim.

We'll talk more about that when we see it again.  This morning is just like a lot of mornings around here lately… highlighting someone on the Celtics praising Rondo for how he's playing.  And no… it's not getting old.

Coming up, Page 2… where the Tony Allen's teammates might not like him very much

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Tony Allen is
from Chicago and he needed 32 tickets for family and friends for
Saturday’s game. Every player receives an allotment for each road game
and generally when a player returns to his hometown, his teammates will
offer their tickets. Allen didn’t get much assistance Saturday and he
will remember the lack of charity.

“Oh,
I didn’t get a lot of help,’’ Allen said. “But I’m going to remember
that though. When I go to these brothers’ cities and they need tickets,
I am going to go to the mall and just ask somebody if they want to go
to the game. It’s going to happen like that, for real.’’

Globe Celtics Notebook

“I’m going to ask everybody on the team if they’re using (their
allotment),” [Lester Hudson] said [regarding tonight's return to his hometown]. “Then the veterans are going to help me out.
(Kevin Garnett) said he’d help me out. I guess I’ve been doing good on
the rookie things they give me, like singing Happy Birthday to (coach)
Doc (Rivers) and Paul (Pierce) and making runs.”

Herald Celtics Notebook/Lester Hudson eager to take it home

I just wanted to show the contrast between Tony Allen not getting ANY help from his teammate while Lester Hudson says everyone is going to hook him up as he returns to HIS home town tonight.

Do TA's teammates hate him?  Were they busting his balls?  I don't know.  I just find it interesting that they're willing to hook up a rookie and not him.

The rest of the links

Herald:  C's/Grizzlies scouting report  |  MetroWest Daily News:  Celtics-Road Warriors  |  Jackson Sun: UTM Alum Hudson has something to prove  |  South Coast Today:  Is Tony Allen ready to take the reserve reins  |  CSNNE:  Rondo continues to evolve as playmaker  |  Celtics Blog:  12 days till Christmas in Orlando  |  Celtics Hub:  Where does the Celtics starting 5 rank?  |  WEEI:  Gerald Green to play in Russia  |  North Station Sports: Forging the Dam: Why the Celtics can't give way to both impediments and boredoms Pt. 2  |  Part 1

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  • rcry

    I’m sure a lot of C’s have friends and family in Chicago. What’s surprising to me is TA’s sense of entitlement and him holding this grudge. I remember reading something very recently where he refused to get off the floor during a scrimmage, citing something along the lines that it was “his time.” Ugh.

  • CFH

    Especially after last year’s playoff series– even though both teams are very different now– lots of the players probably got extra requests for tickets. TA apparently didn’t get “much” help but it seems like he got some.
    Lester’s from a smaller city with a less established team, and this is his first time visiting. If I were a player, I’d be more inclined to give Lester a break, too.
    It would be hilarious if TA really did start walking into malls on the road and giving away his tickets rather than sharing, though.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f6a54c2970c ToTheRuins

    you just have to watch the games to know rondo is now this teams leader on the floor, it’s obvious

  • http://www.northstationsports.com North Station Sports

    Thanks for the link-up guys!

  • nick

    dont read too much into the hype fellas, TA’s one of the most liked guys on the team and that’s why hell be on the team again next year for all the TA haters…you need to realize this is paul pierces best friend thats why he pushed big for TA to get resigned 2 years ago bbig time

  • Eli

    I think the Globe link is broken, i had to reformat it in my browser. There was a duplicate http://

  • BigMck

    The link has been fixed. Sorry.

  • CFH

    I’m sure TA’s teammates like him fine, but I don’t see him staying on the team next year unless he suddenly starts contributing in a way he hasn’t since that streak in 06-07.
    I’m not going to pretend that I know the friendship dynamics between the players, but I do remember that in that infamous “Spanish interview” where Paul said he was the best player in the world, he also said he was closest to Perk and KG out of his teammates. It’s not like TA is his one and only most bestest friend and the only thing keeping him happy in Boston… I seriously doubt that they’re SO close that Danny would keep a useless TA around to please Paul. He tried to get rid of TA last summer, after all.