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A tiny, fleeting example of Rondo’s leadership


When people picture leaders, they often picture guys like Vince Lombardi or General George S. Patton.  Guys who stand in front of men, reach deep into their souls, and deliver inspiration that makes their troops want to run through walls.  

And while that is one example of a leader, true leadership happens in every day situations.  It happens in one-on-one interactions where that person knows you're in charge and you have control of the situation.  That's when that other person trusts you as a leader.  

So when KG went to the floor Sunday after being shoved by Hedo Turkoglu, it was Rondo who displayed a great example of his leadership that we were lucky enough to catch on camera.  

KG's antics have been a hot topic lately.  He's been in the middle of a lot of stuff and it seems that his emotions have been running a little higher than usual… even for him.  So when he hit the deck, it's not unfair to expect him to react… or maybe even retaliate.  

Rajon knows this too.  He's not blind.  And he's also well aware of what the score is.  This is a tight one.  Marquis Daniels has already been taken out on a stretcher, there's no Shaq, and Kendrick Perkins had been having some trouble with Dwight Howard at this point.  The last thing the Celtics needed was to give Orlando free points, or to lose Kevin Garnett.  And with the Lakers and Heat coming up down the road… any sort of multiple-game suspension would be devastating. 

So in comes Rondo right away… and not to pick KG up off the floor.  Nope, the first thing he does is wave his hand in front of KG… telling him to "forget all that man."  Then he not only reaches out to pick him up… but also give him a little dap on the way up.  As he picks KG he stands there, between him and Turkoglu, looking KG in the eye the whole time. 

The next we see them, KG's walking off with his arm around Rondo.  KG's calm, and and the game moves on.  Maybe KG never would have popped up or mouthed off… but Rondo made sure of it.  The whole thing lasts about 10 seconds or so… but it's little 10 second moments like that that make a leader.  

Rondo's not the leader of this team just because he can find Ray Allen in the corner after they both recognize Ray's guy went over the top of a screen.  Rajon Rondo is in control of this team because the guys trust him… becase he has the ability to recognize situations and address them.  It's how he handles himself and his interactions with these guys. 

For 10 seconds, we got a little glimpse into how he does it… and with perhaps the most volatile personality on the team. 

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  • JD

    I noticed that as well; JVG and Mark Jackson were, as usual, too caught up in making one of their points to notice it. But anyway, good stuff from Rondo.

  • Celtsfan33

    That was so well done by Rondo – great leadership in action. Love it.

  • DRJ

    Thank you for pointing out this little thing that actually means a whole lot. I remember replaying that a few times during the game… noticing how KG sits up just a LITTLE too quickly, as if getting ready to retaliate, until Rondo comes in and situates himself between KG and Turk, rapping with KG to take his mind off the bad foul. He tracks KG’s eyes to make sure he’s succeeded. Walking off, I like to think that KG recognizes what Rondo just did and why he did it. I wonder if he did.

  • Corbs

    Who the hell is Chandler Tyson? Van Gundy struggles with names.

  • Another reason to love Rondo, he is always looking out for his teammates. I love how tight the Celtics are and I think things like this and seeing them huddled around Quis on one knee really shows that they aren’t just teammates, but brother who really care about one another.

  • Just another great moment captured in Rondo’s development into a premier Celtic. From the guy who was questioned at every turn and criticized constantly for appearing to be uncoachable to helping “coach” their on-court leader when needed. Lots of players just do their thing and don’t even try to have an impact on others. Great stuff and we’re lucky to have him.

  • greenbeand

    wtf lakers are trading bynum for melo

  • ShawnCVD


  • they’re just in talks… relax

  • CB

    I also noticed this. This really does show what a great leader Rondo is. I’m glad you pointed this out! This is just another reason as to why Rondo is such a great point guard. He really does do a great job with leading the team and making sure everyone is where they should be. Not only that, but making sure they are alright and don’t get into trouble. The Celtics really are more than just a team. They are a family and little moments like these and big moments like what happened with Marquis (I’m really glad he is doing okay) show this.

  • Tim (FD)

    Great post John

  • CelticsSuck4Ever

    With or without Anthony the Lakers will prevail over a 7 game series. Just like last year.

  • paul

    It’s more and more clear that Rondo is the leader of this team. But he’s still learning as he goes. In the Charlotte game, he seemed to become more passive after he got blocked a couple of times in the second quarter. We need him to overcome that, to go back harder when that happens.

  • Viva

    Well, I missed it on the game day, and I can’t see it now 🙁 . But I do believe you…

  • Greg

    What a pathetic flopper. No wonder anyone outside of Boston doesn’t respects this clown. Play the game, stop flopping.

  • No question, Rondo (more times than not) shows an ability to lead this team on the floor. I don’t know if your example is really what defines him as a “leader” though. Lets face it, I’ve seen some pretty piss-poor players (and certainly not leaders) help their teammates off the floor and from being hit with a T or ejection for reacting.
    Though I loved to read this article, It does not convince me of Rondo’s abilities to be the sole leader of the Celtics franchise.
    His take over of the fourth Q in LA showed his leadership. The game prior in Phoenix, however, he demanded (in front of a national audience) Lawrence Frank to remove him from the game so he can plop down on the bench next to the rest of the sulking starters– not leadership.
    How about how he BLATANTLY ignores his coach when being asked a question– John, I’ve seen it on multiple occasions. Better yet– his temper tantrum when Doc removed him from the game against Orlando? Nationally televised and, again, pointed out by ESPN/ABC announcers (if you’d like to call them that– LOL). Embarrassing.
    Rondo’s lack of leadership qualities are rarely (though at times they are) displayed in his performances on the hardwood.
    I have issue with his temperament and maturity. Doc has certainly mastered the art of appeasing Rondo and manipulating him to get what he needs but will his next coach? Will Doc’s replacement be so willing to be ignored or disrespected in public? When the team’s younger players observe their new head coach being disrespected by their “star player.”
    Will Rondo demand a trade when the going gets rough in the post-big-three era? Until I can confidently say that he wont, I will not feel comfortable declaring him THE leader of the Celtics. Until I can Confidently say that Rondo is coach-able by anyone other than Doc. Until Rondo proves that he is TEAM#1 (and I dont mean through assist numbers) and SELF#2, I will not feel comfortable with him being the sole “leader” of the Celtics. Until he shows a level of maturity (and temperament) that befits the leader of a franchise, I will continue to question his ability to be THE leader of the Celtics.
    I may not agree with everything in this post but I can certainly say it was an enjoyable read. Thanks.