Appologies in advance for rambling.
Basketball is a game of decision-making skills.
Doc likes the ball in Rondo's hands because of his decision-making ability, his basketball IQ. Perhaps to a fault?
I've been reading player quotes from the last couple of days with great interest. The role players, to a man, infer they welcome the prospect of more touches on the ball. On the surface that is a "no brainer" consideration and could perhaps be viewed as veiled criticism of Rondo. It is neither, imo.
I long ago grew weary of the Pierce and KG iso's with Rondo delivering the ball. My impression has been Rondo had as well. Many here have voiced opinion the C's needed to share the ball more. Rondo is definitely ball dominant in the C's system - the two are inseparable and thus share any criticism, imo. I myself have criticized the lack of off ball movement by the Celtic players. Doc gave Rondo a lot of freedom in calling plays... another aspect of decision making. Whose number gets called? Who is a play run for? Doc will likely call more plays with Rondo out.
And with Rondo out, everyone must become more involved in the decision making process. Everyone will need to be more engaged. By extension, the C's should become less predictable with the decision making duties divided among many instead of resting largely with one. This could lead to increased productivity individually and collectively... a little of which we have seen when Rondo has been out. It could also lead to spells of chaos and individual play, something we have yet to see in any large degree.
In the long-term perspective, I think the team benefits from Rondo being out. This can be especially true if Doc and the coaches learn from his absence and adjust the offensive system when he does return. Doc / the coaches and perhaps certain players have been guilty of falling into a comfort zone of relying too much on Rondo, imo. Too much of a good (great) thing, if you will.
DAnny wants to wait it out, evalaute where the team is over the next couple of weeks and I believe this is a very smart approach. Let's find out who the good decision makers are. Which players are going to step up and fill that particular void and in doing so demonstrate the ability to be dependable in other areas as well.
One obvious area to watch is individual turnovers. As players are asked to take on more decision making to what degree will their turnovers increase? Turnovers are not a be all end all stat for this but can be a good indicator from a negative perspective. On the positive side, assists, shot charts and points can be indicators of quality decision making.
Last edited by Opalmerr; 01-31-2013 at 03:01 PM.
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