Thursday, May 8, 2014

Rondo and some other Celtics already at work in Waltham

Rondo said after this season ended, that he wouldn't watch this years playoffs. I don't know how true that is, but I do know that Rondo is out there right now working with some of his teammates at the Celtics practice facility.


While most players on non-playoff teams like the Celtics (25-57 this past season) catch the first flight out of town to some exotic destination only to return to Boston sometime near the end of the summer, a handful of Celtics - Rajon Rondo among them - have already been in the gym working towards preparing for what they hope will be a better 2014-2015 season.

"Rondo and Brandon (Bass) and Chris Johnson and Chris Babb have all been in this week," Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, told "Those guys have all been in working out."

And Avery Bradley is coming in soon as well.

This is a great news. Rondo out there, continuing to work off the rust, and to fine tune his game for the coming season. Ainge also spoke about a balance of basketball and life outside of basketball.

But this time of year, Ainge said, there has to be a balance struck.

"They also need time alone and with their families, some time away," Ainge said. "They're around each other an awful lot through the course of a season."

I agree, but sometimes when you want to be great. You do what Rondo does, and you work through the summer. Knowing Rondo, his summer won't start until the Finals end. Rondo probably figures that he would be in the playoffs right now in most seasons, so he's out there putting in the work.


  1. The way I see it, this is not a summer for Rondo to relax. The way I see it, he needs to apply his will to taking his game to the next level. Sometimes you make a promise to yourself where you won't take no for an answer. This summer should be that kind of promise for Rondo.

  2. Rondo wants to get paid. He can't relax, and if he wants to be the man. This summer is big.

  3. Watching Westbrook tonight, and nearly getting another triple-double. Danny should have traded for him when he had the chance.

  4. Oh please. Westbrook is making his critics, including me, look stupid. A lot of point guards have really stepped up. But Rondo is fully capable of playing at that level and beyond. It's up to him, though. Does Rondo want to play consistently at that high level? If he does, he needs to pick up the pace, sharpen his D, and above all, solve his shooting problem. There is only one way to do that. A lot of hours by himself, on a basketball court, jacking up shots. You have to find the shooter within.

  5. Danny should have traded for Russ. But I agree with you, Rondo can get to that level again. He's simply not looked at in that manner right now.

  6. Well, he's struggling to embrace a much bigger role than Westbrook right now, as the main man on his team. And the thing is, as a playmaker, I'd say Rondo is the elite, if anything. That's an awfully good foundation stone to build on.