Rajon Rondo: 'I Gotta Do a Better Job of Being a Leader'

Dan FavaleFeatured Columnist IVApril 10, 2017

January 20, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) reacts after making a basket in the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Rajon Rondo is the unquestioned leader of the Boston Celtics, and not unlike Kobe Bryant, he is willingly shouldering the majority of his team's burdens.

After the Celtics were embarrassed on both ends of the floor by the Detroit Pistons, Rondo publicly demanded (via Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe) more from both his team and himself:

For me, it’s too lax, our locker room is too lax. Even though a lot of guys’ personalities are really laid-back, but we all got to this level by competing and right now the talent we have, our record is embarrassing, so until guys get sick and fed up with it, I don’t know if anything’s going to change. I gotta do a better job of being a leader. I can’t get on guys and hold them accountable if I don’t hold myself accountable first.

That may be the most powerful sentiments Rondo has ever offered as a leader.

For years, we've questioned his ability to lead this team. His countless suspensions coupled with general ignorance have only furthered the debate. However, there was no questioning Rondo's dedication and willingness to be the face of this franchise here.

On a night when Rondo committed a season-high nine turnovers and scored just eight points, he was willing to accept the blame for Boston's transgressions.

By no means was he freeing the rest of his crew from any obligations, but he was quick to note that he has to "do a better job of being a leader."

Perhaps he's right.

As Rondo himself admitted, the Celtics locker room is a bit too care-free at the moment. Thus, it's his job to ground them, keep them on track and right the ship.

If Boston doesn't, you know the blame is going to be placed on him, which is why it's refreshing that Rondo beat the pundits and casual critics to that punishment.

For better or worse (and right now, it's worse), the Celtics are Rondo's team. For once, it seems like he understands this.

With that in mind, as the NBA's version of Gang Green continues to wade through the chaos that has become their offense and lethargic demeanor, there is some assuagement to be found.

In Rondo.

Boston has plenty of issues, from top to bottom. However, thanks to Rondo, the absence of a leader isn't one of them. Yes, he must do a better job of leading this group, but he makes no excuses and has voluntarily put their failures on his shoulders.


He's already doing a better job of "being a leader."