Rajon Rondo Must Become More Of a Leader

Frances WhiteAnalyst IIMarch 12, 2010

CHICAGO - APRIL 26: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics sits on the bench during a time-out against the Chicago Bulls in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 26, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Celtics 121-118 in double-overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agreees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Playing point guard in the NBA is not as easy as it may seem; you always have the ball in your hands and you have to make sure that your teammates stay happy. 

It's especially difficult if you are not the main star on the team. Players like Chris Paul, Deron Williams, and Derek Rose are the de facto standard bearers of point guards. 

Rajon Rondo has just recently been acknowledged as part of that group, even though he is the only one that has led his team to an NBA championship. 

Media types and blog-o-sphere pundits say that Boston won because of the talents of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen. 

They say all Rondo had to do was pass the ball and get out of the way—that his presence meant nothing. 

He has made major improvements in his game every year and become an all-star this year.  The team has become dependent on his improving offense as well as his passing and defensive abilities—his all-around game puts added pressure on the opposing team's defense.

This improved play has allowed Doc Rivers to give him more freedom, and he has earned the trust of his veteran teammates.  But this is not about what he can do, this is about the next step he must take in order for the Celtics to become whole again.

For all his talents, Rondo has not been able to recognize when to create shots for his struggling veterans; it was a travesty that Ray Allen only took three shots against the Milwaukee Bucks

Rondo knows his place in the pecking order of things, he knows that this is not his team yet.  The presence of KG, Pierce, and Allen assures that. 

However, there comes a time when an ascending leader must shake the foundations.  He must let them know that he is in the jungle.  He must let them know that his rumble is gathering strength and he is on the horizon. 

He must make them understand that he can recognize what they need and give them more. 

He must say "no" more often, and bring back the offensive balance to his team and assert his will.